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20 March 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch


How the mighty keep falling ...

Remember Shakira's Waka Waka, Siphiwe Tshabalala’s historic opening wonder goal, and Nelson Mandela’s final public appearance? Nine years have passed since SA was the centre of the universe as the hosts of the quadrennial showpiece of international football. Legalbrief ... Read More

South Africa

Judgment reserved in Moyane application

Judgment has been reserved on Tom Moyane's bid to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Yesterday, Moyane’s lawyers argued that for Gordhan’s evidence to be accepted by the state capture commission, it must be tested. A report on the ... Read More

Bosasa moves to to have liquidators removed

Facilities management company Bosasa yesterday returned to the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) to argue for the reversal of its own decision to enter into liquidation. Legalbrief reports that Bosasa, which operates as African Global Operations (AGO), had last month filed ... Read More

Massive hit for Aspen CEO

Aspen Pharmacare CEO Stephen Saad is very worried. Shares in the drugmaker he co-founded more than two decades ago have tanked by as much as 50% in Johannesburg as investors balked at mounting debt and another delay to a key ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Credit Bill ready for President’s signature

The 2018 National Credit Amendment Bill’s ‘B’ version was adopted this week by the NCOP and will soon be on its way to President Cyril Ramaphosa for signature, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Developed by the National Assembly’s Trade & Industry ... Read More


Why Atul Gupta keeps a beady eye on commission

Despite claims by the Emirate’s rulers that they would start looking into the Gupta’s involvement in state capture, there is still a Sahara-sized desert between the family and extradition. In a Fin24 analysis, Ferial Haffajee notes that the family members ... Read More

Mokonyane key to proposed wind farm

The Watson family, whose links to Minister Nomvula Mokonyane were exposed during explosive testimony at the Zondo commission on state capture, want to build a controversial wind farm in the Eastern Cape. And the Minister on whose decision their plans ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Bemba seeks $75m in damages from the ICC

Lawyers for former DRC Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, are seeking nearly $75m in damages. They want compensation for what they say was his unlawful detention, legal fees ... Read More

Sierra Leone villagers target multi-national

Villagers in Sierra Leone hope documents from the Panama Papers scandal will force a foreign-owned company to compensate them for alleged pollution, forced removal, health complaints and human rights violations. Attorneys representing 83 poor households from the eastern Kono district ... Read More

Suspected oil transfer middleman appears in court

A key suspect in the controversial Malabu oil scandal has appeared as a witness before an Italian court in Milan. Abubakar Aliyu is alleged to have acted as a 'middleman' for top officials of former President Goodluck Jonathan's administration ... Read More


Trump’s former campaign boss jailed for tax fraud

Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign, has been jailed for nearly four years for bank and tax fraud uncovered during the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference, says a report in The Guardian. The sentence by ... Read More

US expects Mozambique ex-Minister to be handed over

The US said yesterday it expected SA to hand over Maputo’s former Finance Minister – held since December on a US warrant over corruption allegations – despite a separate request from Mozambique, notes a Mail & Guardian report. Manuel Chang ... Read More

$25m Ivy League admissions scam uncovered

An astonishing list of Hollywood actresses, financial titans and industry executives were arrested this week on charges of participating in a $25m scam to bribe their children’s way into elite American universities. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph ... Read More


Pilot arrested

* A senior SAA pilot, who had been asked to resign earlier this year after it was found that he had flown commercial airplanes for more than 20 years with a fake licence, has been taken into custody. Police spokesperson Brigadier ... Read More

'Dlodlo breached code'

* Parliament's Ethics Committee has found that Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo breached the code that guides MPs' conduct when she did not declare her stay at Dubai's Oberoi Hotel which was paid for by controversial businessman ... Read More

Attorney addresses graft claim

* Port Elizabeth attorney David le Roux has revealed how he was allegedly asked to pay for UDM councillor Mongameli Bobani’s legal fees during his court battle with then city manager Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela. In a statement detailing a web of corruption ... Read More