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21 May 2022 Corruption & Governance Watch


SARS' plan to rake in R190bn in unpaid taxes

SARS, owed a whopping R190bn, continues to play a delicate balancing act in encouraging voluntary tax compliance, while continuing to clamp down on transgressors in its efforts to boost revenue collection and simultaneously rebuild public trust. SARS' annual performance plan ... Read More

South Africa

Ombudsmen recover R400m for consumers

The Ombudsmen for long-term and short-term insurance recovered almost R400m benefits and payouts for consumers who were forced to turn to it to fight insurers to pay their claims, reports Fin24. Between Covid-19 business interruption claims and the delayed payment ... Read More

Dudu Myeni scored big from Zuma foundation

Former SAA boss Dudu Myeni scored more than R600 000 in less than a year from donations made to the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which has been under her full control for years. Bank statements for Myeni and the foundation, subpoenaed ... Read More

Policy Watch

Lamola promises focus on NPA

Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has assured Parliament that his department would, in this financial year, continue to focus on restoring the NPA's credibility through addressing corruption. Introducing his budget vote to the National Assembly, he said ... Read More


Why the cryptocurrency bubble burst

While 2022 has been tough for most asset classes, cryptocurrencies have had a particularly dreadful run, writes Natale Labia of private equity firm Lionhead Capital Partners in a Daily Maverick analysis. Labia notes that bitcoin, the standard bearer and best-known ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Nigeria's Treasury head arrested for alleged R3.19bn fraud

The head of Nigeria's treasury has been arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R3.19bn, the national anti-graft agency said. Ahmed Idris, Nigeria's Accountant-General, was arrested on Monday ‘after failing to honour invitations’ to ... Read More

Lawyers ordered to stop dispensing stashed cash

Mtetwa and Nyambirai Legal Practitioners have been ordered by the Zimbabwe High Court to stop disbursing US$57 000 in cash that was found in one of their strong rooms during an investigation into a trust funds theft case involving ... Read More

Uganda's ID card system flawed

Millions of Ugandans, represented by an alliance of charities, are suing the government, claiming they have been denied access to potentially life-saving services due to flaws in the national ID card roll-out. A report on the allAfrica site notes that ... Read More


Japanese man disappears with town’s Covid money

A man in Japan who received Covid-19 relief payments meant for 463 households in his town last month disappeared after transferring the funds out of his bank account, reports Business Insider. The 24-year-old man had $35 857 worth of financial ... Read More

Reward offered for ‘cryptoqueen’ fugitive

The founder of the OneCoin cryptocurrency was placed on the European law enforcement agency’s most wanted list for her role in multi-billion dollar fraud, reports Moneyweb. Ruja Ignatova, known as the so-called cryptoqueen, ‘is suspected of having prompted investors worldwide ... Read More


Former DA official claims party funds abused

* Former DA Johannesburg Ward 23 branch chairperson, Jaques van Rensburg, claims he is being blackmailed by party leaders after he tried to blow the whistle on the alleged abuse of party funds. Van Rensburg approached the DA's Federal Legal ... Read More

NSFAS thief can appeal sentence

* Convicted NSFAS funds thief Sibongile Mani has been denied leave to appeal her conviction relating to the R14m accidentally credited to her in 2017. The East London Magistrate's Court, however, has granted her a leave to appeal her five-year ... Read More

Murder accused also charged with corruption

* One of the people linked to the killing of two ANC councillors has pending corruption charges at the Mogalakwena municipality in Limpopo. Deputy corporate manager Jabulani Mashamaite (48) is charged with 121 counts of corruption, including money laundering and conspiracy ... Read More

Case Law Briefs

Imobrite v DTL (Winding up of close-corporation)

SCA: Imobrite (Pty) Ltd v DTL Boerdery CC Judgment: 13 May 2022 Keywords: Winding-up of close corporation – Close Corporation Act 69 of 1984(CCA), ss 66, 69 – Companies Act 61 of 1973, s 344 Summary: A loan of R2 750 000 ... Read More

Pillay and FSCA and Sanlam (Debarment reconsideration)

Financial Services Tribunal: Pillay and FSCA and Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd Judgment: 12 May 2022 Keywords: Reconsideration application – Debarment of financial services representative – Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002, ss 8A, 14 – Financial Sector Regulation Act ... Read More

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