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25 February 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


World watches as Angola lances its boil

Angola served as a Cold War battleground for the superpowers and their allies – including SA – for 27 years. When the civil war ended following the assassination of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi 18 years ago, this week, the country ... Read More

South Africa


Witness tells of Myeni's secret stash

The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has heard how millions of rands were channelled to the Jacob Zuma Foundation and ‘hidden’ at former SAA and Mhlathuze Water board chairperson Dudu Myeni's home office. According to the witness ... Read More

How PIC funds were siphoned off

Iqbal Survé’s embattled businesses have quietly redirected money secured from the PIC to apparently pay Independent newspapers’ staff, pay off luxury properties and channel funds to an ‘unrelated’ company whose directors apparently live in one of his apartments. The Survé ... Read More

Mashaba to initiate private prosecutions

Herman Mashaba, former Johannesburg mayor and People's Dialogue founder, is to pursue private prosecutions relating to state capture. Mashaba who is accusing the NPA of failing the public, said he would consult lawyers about pursuing private prosecutions. A report ... Read More

Policy Watch


Legislation: Auditing Profession Bill tabled

The Auditing Profession Amendment Bill tabled last week in Parliament seeks to strengthen the governance of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (Irba) and its ‘investigating and disciplinary processes’. To that end, it includes measures for addressing conflicts of interest ... Read More

Legislation: More changes to auditors’ code of conduct

Comment is sought on three sets of draft amendments to the code of professional conduct for registered auditors, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. One set of proposals focuses on the objectivity of individuals appointed as ‘engagement quality reviewers’ ... Read More

Justice: Revised Small Claims Courts guidelines published

Revised guidelines for Small Claims Courts were published on Monday, marking the culmination of a review process begun in 2016, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to a foreword to the document from Justice & Constitutional Development Deputy ... Read More

Analyses


Signs of hope for the post-state capture era

SA’s apparently unstoppable decline is darkening the mood of many of her citizens. In a Business Day analysis, Deon Rossouw questions whether we are collectively sliding down a slippery slope towards a disaster situation from which there is no return ... Read More

New expat rules from March

South Africans working outside the country must prepare themselves for the new amendments to the Income Tax Act, set to come into effect from March 2020. Dubbed the ‘Expat Tax’, the amendments mean that South African tax residents working abroad ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Equatorial Guinea's former CJ pleads for help

Equatorial Guinea's former Chief Justice has appealed to the US and UN for help after President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo ordered security forces to hunt him down. Juan Angue told Voice of America that he was being persecuted for ... Read More

Bureau urged to investigate Malawian judges

Malawi’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has presented a petition to the Blantyre City Council demanding that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigate all five judges who presided over the presidential election nullification petition, reports The Nyasa Times. The judges – ... Read More

EU suspends Grace Mugabe sanctions

The EU has suspended targeted sanctions against former first lady Grace Mugabe, but has retained an arms embargo and targeted asset freeze against the country’s state munitions firm. It said a lack of substantial reforms by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government ... Read More

World


UK court backs unexplained wealth order

The Court of Appeal in London has backed the UK National Crime Agency’s (NCA) use of unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), dismissing an appeal brought by the subject of the first UWO granted. According to a report on the Out-Law.com ... Read More

US unseals new indictment against Huawei

A new federal indictment was unsealed last week in a district court in New York, alleging that Huawei Technologies Co, a China-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two of its subsidiaries engaged in racketeering and conspired to steal trade secrets from ... Read More

Former Illinois Governor's sentence to be commuted

Donald Trump announced he will commute the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who admitted to trying to sell Barack Obama's former US Senate seat. According to a report in The Independent, he was one of 11 ... Read More

Briefs


Businessman seeks forfeited funds

* East London businessman Dean Fanoe, who was implicated in the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal, wants back R1.38m which was forfeited to the state as ill-gotten gains from his role in the deal. Fanoe made an instantaneous R692 000 profit ... Read More

Unscrupulous lawyers blamed for accounts attachments

* The staggering R310m that was attached in the Gauteng Department of Health’s bank accounts on behalf of medical negligence claimants was led by unscrupulous lawyers and non-compliant sheriffs. This was the contention made by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku. Masuku ... Read More