African crypto exchanges rush to distance from FTX

As we previously reported in the immediate aftermath of FTX's multi-jurisdictional bankruptcy filings here, its corporate fallout affected not only Bahamian and U.S. entities, but allegedly also many crypto-related companies on the African continent. Further detailed and often shocking (and as of recently even prurient) news about the fraudulent ponzi exchange have by now reached … Continue reading African crypto exchanges rush to distance from FTX

FTX Crypto exchange’s Ponzi scheme extended deep into Africa

As the American Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of now-defunct crypto exchange FTX shows, its rapid implosion within a matter of days last week has wrought havoc in the Web3 world, especially in crypto-currency trading -- and extended its fraudulent tentacles deep into many African jurisdictions. ftx-bankruptcy-filing-sbf-del-ch-11-2022Download “The whole operation was run by a gang of … Continue reading FTX Crypto exchange’s Ponzi scheme extended deep into Africa

A new anti-corruption enforcer on the South African horizon?

RSA Minister of Justice gives insights into developments surrounding new agency By Nicola Taljaard On 13 October 2022, South African Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, provided a brief update on the developing discussion in relation to the establishment of a multidisciplinary agency dedicated to fighting corruption. The talks among the Department of Justice and the … Continue reading A new anti-corruption enforcer on the South African horizon?

Greyed-Out by FATF: Consequences and opportunities of potential grey-listing

Is the Republic of South Africa on the watchdog's grey-list chopping block? By Jemma Muller and Tyla Lee Coertzen The risk of South Africa being placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s (“FATF”) so-called “grey list” has been the subject of much debate and speculation, as well as a focal point for South African law … Continue reading Greyed-Out by FATF: Consequences and opportunities of potential grey-listing

The Glencore Case: Plea deal shows increased global use of Non-Trial Resolutions in cases of corruption and bribery

By Tyla Lee Coertzen Glencore International A.G (“Glencore”) and Glencore Ltd, major producers and marketers of commodities relating to mining and oil, have recently pleaded guilty to various allegations of bribery and corrupt activities in various jurisdictions. On 24 May 2022, the entities announced their resolutions concluded with authorities in the United States, the United … Continue reading The Glencore Case: Plea deal shows increased global use of Non-Trial Resolutions in cases of corruption and bribery

U.S. seeks to counter Russian influence in Africa

Currently pending in the United States Congress, specifically referred from the House of Representatives to the Senate as of today, is the so-called "Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act" (H.R. 7311), which passed the House with 415 to 9 votes. The proposed law, which would require the Department of State to furnish an annual … Continue reading U.S. seeks to counter Russian influence in Africa

Africa & its “El Salvador Moment”: CAR adopts BTC as legal tender

As of spring 2022, two of the poorest nations on Earth have adopted Bitcoin -- the leading crypto-currency with the highest global market capitalization -- as legal tender, with the Central African Republic's parliament having voted on such a measure on April 21, 2022, which had been introduced by the poverty-stricken country's Minister of Digital … Continue reading Africa & its “El Salvador Moment”: CAR adopts BTC as legal tender

Corruption and Private Prosecutions in South Africa

By Chris Clifton, Jemma Muller and Tyla Lee Coertzen The recent reports by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture Report ("JCI Report”) and the investigation by the Special Investigating Unit into Covid-19-related procurement by State institutions (“SIU Report”) have implicated numerous parties, across both the private and public sphere, in allegations … Continue reading Corruption and Private Prosecutions in South Africa

Mauritius relieved from the European Union and FATF AML/CTF shackles

Nicola Taljaard & Joshua Eveleigh On the 22nd of December 2021 at the meeting of the European Commission College of Commissioners, a gathering was held for purposes of updating the European Commission’s anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing list. At this meeting it was decided that, inter alia, Mauritius would be removed from the list of Third … Continue reading Mauritius relieved from the European Union and FATF AML/CTF shackles

South Africa: State Capture Report

Gina Lodolo and Nicola Taljaard On the 4 January 2022, Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo (“Zondo”) handed over Part 1 of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (“Commission”) into State Capture[1] to President Cyril Ramaphosa, which was the first of three parts and contained the initial glimpse into the long-awaited results of his Inquiry into State … Continue reading South Africa: State Capture Report