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18 January 2021 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


End of the road for Zuma?

‘I predict that he will go to jail for sedition and the causing of this insurrection. We had the American President of the United States not accepting a peaceful transfer of power, abusing the Vice-President, and then calling for his ... Read More

South Africa


Advocate gets dressing down for Singh bungle

The Zondo Commission legal team has inadvertently brought a temporary reprieve from accountability for former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh, angering its chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, observes Legalbrief. The bungle led to Zondo granting a postponement of Singh's ... Read More

Premier’s office sanctioned over whistle-blower

The Office of the Premier in Limpopo committed unfair labour practice by keeping a senior official on prolonged suspension after he blew the whistle on a R500m free Wi-Fi connection scandal. This was the ruling by the General Public Service ... Read More

Restaurant chain heir fails to remove trustees

The SCA has rejected a bid by the young heir to a popular Greek restaurant chain to have the trustees removed from the company, notes a Sunday Times report. Konstantinos ‘Kostas’ Haitas, sole heir and beneficiary of a trust set ... Read More

Policy Watch


SCA pension fund judgment guidance note issued

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has issued a guidance note aimed at assisting the pension fund industry in ‘approaching’ a 2 November 2020 SCA judgment on Regulation 35(4) under the 1956 Pension Funds Acton. This is noting that ... Read More

Banking regulations amended

The ‘regulations relating to banks’ were amended twice during the festive season. Gazetted on 18 and 31 December 2020, the amendments came into effect on 1 January. Read More

Open finance paper released for comment

Input is sought on a Financial Sector Conduct Authority research report on open finance. Released last month, it is apparently the next step in developing the policy position required for ongoing work on the long-awaited Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill ... Read More

Analyses


Warning over surrender penalties

A few years back, the sale of property syndications was probably the biggest financial scam ever seen in this country. Regulatory authorities dragged their heels and many pensioners lost their incomes. What stopped it dead in its tracks was the ... Read More

Time to make tax evaders pay their dues

‘A viable tax system must meet the requirement of legitimacy. In a society riven by the profound inequalities of SA, there can be no legitimacy when a cohort of wealthy people continue to evade their obligations to pay a fair ... Read More

Give corporate employees a voice – Katz

Corporate employees are important stakeholders, with commitment to the wellbeing of the company and knowledge of its operations. It follows that their voices in board deliberations would be useful. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Michael Katz notes that the winds ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Former Algerian PM admits role in gold scam

Former Algerian Premier Ahmed Ouyahia has admitted receiving 60 gold bars from Gulf donors then selling them on the black market. Ouyahia and former Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal are accused of covertly financing the 2019 re-election bid of then-President Abdelaziz ... Read More

Nigeria’s foreign missions plagued by graft

Nigeria's embassies and high commissions around the world are reeling under the burden of corruption, extortion and passport racketeering. That’s according to Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (Cislac), the national chapter of Transparency International, which urged government to urgently ... Read More

Zambian Health Minister fired

Zambia's presidency has announced the sacking of Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya who was arrested for graft charges last year, but later cleared. A report on the EWN site notes that Chilufya was accused of fraudulently acquiring property. After a ... Read More

World


Law Society president has case to answer – ruling

The UK High Court has ruled that a disciplinary tribunal should hear in full a private prosecution brought against current Law Society president David Greene. According to a Law Gazette report, Lord Justice Popplewell and Mr Justice Garnham, sitting in ... Read More

Solicitor struck off for 'exploiting' family property

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off a former partner who had ‘clearly taken advantage’ of his daughter-in-law in a property purchase. A Law Gazette report notes that Vincent O’Neil, a solicitor for more than 40 years, was found ... Read More

Briefs


Doctor guilty of R2.25m RAF fraud

* An Eastern Cape doctor has been found guilty on fraud and corruption charges. Tony Moodley appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Port Elizabeth for sentencing on a charge of fraud and corruption amounting to about R2.25m. Investigations ... Read More

Nurses arrested

* Two Durban nurses have been arrested after one of them allegedly used the bank card of a deceased Covid-19 patient to make personal purchases. One allegedly used the man's bank card while he was being treated at St Augustine ... Read More

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