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20 September 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Sex, bribes and video tapes ...

When it comes to sexual promiscuity, former President Jacob Zuma raised the bar to dizzy heights. But Legalbrief reports that many other prominent political leaders have been forced to defend their extramarital activities, including his successor Cyril Ramaphosa who was ... Read More

South Africa


Ministers, journalist linked to slush fund looting

Over the course of two days’ testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Hawks investigator Kobus Roelofse has lifted the lid on a cauldron of corruption at the State Security Agency (SSA). Those implicated thus far as ... Read More

The Gupta's trail exposed

A computer server from investment company Trillian, holding more than 3m documents, has exposed where part of the vanished Gupta millions ended up. Business Day reports that it marks a breakthrough because it reveals the trail that was used to ... Read More

Steinhoff hit with record fine by regulator

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) slapped embattled Steinhoff International with a record R1.5bn fine yesterday for misrepresenting its finances to the market. Steinhoff will only need to pay R53m of the fine, with the FCSA noting the retailer ... Read More

Policy Watch


Legislation: GHG reporting regulations to be strengthened

Draft amendments to greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations with significant implications for data providers were gazetted on Friday for comment within 30 days, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. This is noting a proposal that the term ‘data provider’ ... Read More

Analyses


Let the facts determine truth of bribery allegations

Facts matter. And to determine whether allegations are credible it is necessary to engage with the facts, writes Pierre de Vos. Responding to the allegations of bribery against certain judges and NDPP Shamila Batohi which have been swirling on social ... Read More

Prescription of assets is unconstitutional

Accountability Now’s Paul Hoffman SC believes the introduction of prescribed assets will not be able to pass constitutional muster now that SA is a constitutional state in which the provisions of the Constitution and the rule of law are supreme ... Read More

The delicate barrier between politics and the law

If Julius Malema is prosecuted over the Daily Maverick revelations about his alleged spending of funds looted from the VBS Mutual Bank, his lawyers are likely to turn the case into a political spectacle. And his choice of legal representation ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Zimbabwe court scraps transaction tax

High Court Judge Happius Zhou has scrapped the 2% transaction tax which sparked an uproar from Zimbabweans after it was introduced by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube last year. The ruling follows a successful challenge by a pro-democracy activist Mfundo Mlilo ... Read More

Case against Namibia fraud accused ‘hopelessly weak’

The three people accused of having defrauded Namibia’s Ministry of Finance through a multimillion-dollar transaction in which the government bought Chinese-made security scanners at inflated prices in 2009 are calling for their acquittal. The Namibian reports that former Public Service ... Read More

Accountant’s court application dismissed

A Namibian High Court judge has rejected an application by chartered accountant Hans Hashagen to halt disciplinary charges against him. Hashagen was charged for his role in ‘questionable’ forensic investigations that led to the firing of two parastatal bosses. The ... Read More

World


More arrests in global Internet sting

Police in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have arrested more than 250 people suspected of carrying out large-scale online money-transfer scams. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the victims were tricked into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters. The ... Read More

Purdue settlement hints outrage AGs

Drug-making giant Purdue Pharma has reportedly reached a tentative multi-billion dollar agreement in the US to settle a host of lawsuits against it. A BBC News report notes that the firm owned by the billionaire Sackler family is accused of ... Read More

EU court mulls Irish appeal against taxing Apple

An EU court is hearing appeals against a decision to order Ireland to recover £11.5bn of unpaid taxes from Apple. According to a BBC News report, in 2016, the European Commission found an agreement between Dublin and the technology ... Read More

Briefs


Lawyer suspended

* A lawyer with ‘no sense of shame’ and ‘no respect for the administration of justice... or this court’ has been suspended from practising pending a decision on his removal from the roll of attorneys. This was the ruling of Gauteng ... Read More

Firms face closure

* Two companies linked to disgraced former KPMG partner Sipho Malaba face permanent closure after they failed to repay more than R28m in loans, vehicle finance and mortgages granted to them by the now defunct VBS Mutual Bank. Egrove Holdings and ... Read More

Department targets former officials

* The Gauteng Department of Health has instructed its lawyers to recover almost R500m from its former head of department, Dr Barney Selebano, and two other officials, for their alleged involvement in the illegal procurement of an IT tender in 2013 ... Read More