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20 October 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch


Counting the cost of Covid-19 fraud cases

The Covid-19 State of Disaster has been extended by one month despite the fact that SA and the rest of the continent has been spared the worst impact of a pandemic that threatens to ravage countries and forge a new ... Read More

South Africa

Agrizzi is first state capture accused denied bail

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, who gave detailed evidence to the Zondo Inquiry about how the facilities management company allegedly bribed top ANC officials for lucrative government tenders, has become the first accused in a state capture corruption case to ... Read More

How top cops milked the supply chain

The indictment in the State v 15 others sets out in detail how acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and Deputy National Commissioner Bonang Mgwenya captured the SAPS supply chain to gratify themselves and others at the expense of taxpayers. The ... Read More

Zuma and Ngubane on the ropes over state capture

A familiar refrain was evident at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday when Ben Ngubane, the former chairperson of Eskom, claimed to have no idea how Gupta associates Salim Essa and Nazeem Howa knew in early ... Read More

Policy Watch

Hedge fund investments standard out for comment

The conditions in terms of which a pension fund may invest in a hedge fund are proposed in a draft conduct standard published on Friday for comment. Once finalised, the new standard will inform appropriate amendments to secondary legislation under ... Read More


SA has promising future as international arbitration centre

SA is making up for lost time as a competitive international arbitration centre. In the past, international disputes were rarely referred to the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (Afsa) – the most prominent and widely recognised of SA’s arbitral institutions ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Algerian businesswoman, daughters jailed

A businesswoman who many believed was the secret daughter of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was yesterday sentenced to 12 years in prison for money laundering, influence peddling, squandering public funds and illegally transferring money abroad. BBC News reports that ... Read More

Bitter dispute over late tycoon’s estate

A Kenyan woman who has launched an application to secure a share of the late tycoon Eliakim Olweny's estate, insists they were married. Norah Atieno claims she was the Olweny’s second wife and has produced three witnesses to who ... Read More

Botswana investors sue PwC for R650m

The Botswana branch of PwC and a leading partner are being sued for more than R650m by two shareholders of retailer Choppies who blame the firm’s refusal to release its 2018 audit report for a collapse in the value of ... Read More


ECJ bans indiscriminate retention of location data

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled this week that ‘general and indiscriminate transmission or retention of traffic data and location data’ is banned. A Jurist report notes that the court was ruling on proceedings brought before bodies in the ... Read More

Thales claims it's a 'casualty' of pursuit of Zuma

French arms company Thales, which is accused of bribing Jacob Zuma, contends it is an 'unfortunate unfair casualty’ of the NPA’s case against the former President and insists the state’s decision to charge it with racketeering is ‘an abuse of ... Read More

SA-linked mining boss facing Australian charges

Controversial Australian mining boss Mark Caruso, who is suing SA lawyers and environmental activists for millions of rands, is facing criminal charges at home of assault, aggravated home burglary and trespassing, according to a TimesLIVE report. Perth-based Caruso has temporarily ... Read More


Illegal trading flagged

* Illegal trading is one of the biggest threats to economic order and growth, according to the Consumer Goods Council, which has launched the illicit trade hotline. The hotline was set up in a bid to assist the government, private sector ... Read More

Accused gets bail

* The second accused arrested for defrauding Absa in Limpopo has been released on bail. Dzulani Mashau was granted R2 000 in Waterval Magistrate’s Court when he appeared on a R25m fraud charge, NPA spokesperson in Limpopo Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said. ‘He ... Read More

Project manager charged with corruption

* A project manager from Setheo Engineering has appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Palm Ridge. He is expected to appear in court again for a formal bail application on Monday. The City of Johannesburg said the company was ... Read More