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16 July 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch


New tribunal eyes battered Bosasa

It's been a torrid week – and year – for the disgraced African Global Operations (AGO), formerly Bosasa, which has become symbolic of the state capture chaos that has come so close to crippling the economy. Legalbrief reports that ... Read More

South Africa

Gordhan files review of ‘rogue unit’ report

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan yesterday filed court papers in an urgent bid to interdict remedial actions in a report released by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Friday. The papers, which were filed in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) are ... Read More

Parliament seeks answers on irregular funds

Parliament is demanding answers from local government on the R25bn irregular expenditure revealed in the Auditor-General’s report, which found that only 18 of the country’s 257 municipalities managed to obtain clean audits, notes a Cape Argus report. The chairperson of ... Read More

Batohi's takes first step to reverse state capture

In the first major reverse of the state capture project that brazenly played out in the Zuma years, NDPP Shamila Batohi has withdrawn racketeering charges against former KZN Hawks head General Johan Booysen and others, notes Legalbrief. The decision to ... Read More

Policy Watch


How AYO’s share price unravelled

Iqbal Survé’s businesses seem uncomfortably incestuous, given that the Financial Sector Conduct Authority is investigating possible share manipulation at all three of his listed companies. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Dewald van Rensburg notes that on 19 January, a remarkable ... Read More

In defence of Busisiwe Mkhwebane

There are only two cases that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane concluded that were overturned by the courts, and as she has appealed both rulings, it is too early to pass judgment, says her acting spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe. He points out ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Top Burundian football official arrested

The vice-president of the Burundian Football Association has been arrested over the alleged disappearance of bonus money for the national team players who competed in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament in Egypt. BBC News reports that Aimable Habimana ... Read More

Moroccan police arrest Bitcoin terror suspect

The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation has arrested a Palestinian national suspected of using Bitcoin to fund terrorist organisations. The General Directorate of National Security said the unidentified suspect has acquired considerable experience in electronic currency transactions on several ... Read More

How Trillian targeted eSwatini

The Gupta-linked company that targeted SA’s state-owned enterprises used a similar modus operandi to try to cash in on eSwatini’s government projects. Businessperson and former politician Tokyo Sexwale pulled strings to secure a multibillion-rand eSwatini deal for Trillian Capital, a ... Read More


Malaysian ex-PM's stepson linked in web of corruption

The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian Government. A report in The Guardian notes that Riza, who ... Read More

Expert questions UK gambling probe's efficacy

A new inquiry focused on gambling-related harm and protections for consumers has been opened by a group of UK law makers. According to a report on the site, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and ... Read More


Mogoeng addresses Faku debacle

* Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has responded to questions on the debacle that led to Buffalo City Municipality Mayor Zukisa Faku being sworn in as a member of the current sixth Parliament. Spokesperson for the judiciary, Nathi Mncube said it would ... Read More

Van der Burgh sues

* SA swimming legend and former Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh is embroiled in legal proceedings against his former girlfriend and her family regarding a financial transaction that went sour. Van der Burgh said in papers before the Gauteng High ... Read More

Judgement delayed

* Judgment in the case of a registered tax practitioner, Heidi Williams, and her co-accused husband Daoud Cisse – who are both facing 1 656 fraud charges – has been delayed after the couple failed to appear at the Cape Town ... Read More