Recent Gupta Saga Developments: Asset Forfeiture Unit Keeping Up Pressure

By Charl van der Merwe The South African National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) recently obtained a preservation order against various individuals and companies linked to the Gupta Family in respect of the controversial ‘Estina Diary Project’ in Vrede, Free State. According to the AFU, the project was established in partnership with a Gupta … Continue reading Recent Gupta Saga Developments: Asset Forfeiture Unit Keeping Up Pressure

ANATOMY OF CORRUPTION

By Peter O'Brien Cases of corruption are so common that you need a good excuse to write about another one. So how do we justify commenting on the South African scandals involving the Gupta family, at least one of the country’ most significant state-owned enterprises (SOE), a slew of well-known international firms, prominent local law … Continue reading ANATOMY OF CORRUPTION

Public protector role to be filled by Advocate Mkhwebane

Advocate Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane was appointed as the new public protector in South Africa -- a very important, albeit often sadly emasculated, role.  Adv. Mkhwebane will be replacing outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela; her seven-year term officially begins on 15th October 2016. In an informal online survey, Corruption Watch determined that her appointment by President Jacob Zuma was deemed transparent, … Continue reading Public protector role to be filled by Advocate Mkhwebane

Caprikat, Foxwhelp & Aurora: The Tip of Africa’s ‘Panama Papers’ Iceberg?

The X, Y and Zumas of the ‘Panama Papers’ leak By AAT & AAF author, Michael-James Currie. During the week of 04 April 2016, headlines around the world reported on what may turn out to be one of the most significant developments in the fight to combat the use of offshore accounts for purposes of … Continue reading Caprikat, Foxwhelp & Aurora: The Tip of Africa’s ‘Panama Papers’ Iceberg?

Fraud, corruption and the MTN fine

Fraud, corruption and the $5 billion MTN fine By Michael Currie MTN, Africa’s largest mobile network is reeling after a the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) fined the company USD $5.2 billion for failing to disconnect approximately 5.1 million customers from unregistered phone cards. The NCC calculated the fine by fining MTN USD $1,001 for each … Continue reading Fraud, corruption and the MTN fine

“Apartheid stole the past, corruption steals our future” – South Africa protests graft

Wake-up call for Zuma government?  Unlikely as ANC battles crises on many fronts On September 30, 2015, several major South African cities saw a significant turnout of the Republic's denizens taking to the streets, protesting rampant perceived corruption in their country: demonstrations took place, inter alia, in Pretoria, Cape Town, Polokwane, and Durban.  They numbered in … Continue reading “Apartheid stole the past, corruption steals our future” – South Africa protests graft

Increased anti-corruption enforcement across Africa?

Chimera or Reality -- Is Africa stepping up its anti-graft game? If one is to believe the media attention that has been bestowed upon anti-corruption enforcement by various African jurisdictions, there has been an uptick in successful anti-graft campaigns across the continent.  Or is there...?  Has Africa truly embraced the prosecution of well-to-do businessmen and … Continue reading Increased anti-corruption enforcement across Africa?

Corruption & instability scare away foreign direct investment in South Africa

Corruption & instability scare away foreign direct investment in South Africa Former ANC Treasurer and Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa has identified corruption, inconsistent government policies, and other factors as root causes of investors' growing reluctance to invest in South Africa. The Mail & Guardian's Adam Wakefield reports that Mr. Phosa, who speaks nine languages and … Continue reading Corruption & instability scare away foreign direct investment in South Africa

Legislative Anti-Corruption Reference: South Africa

As reference for AAF's readership, below is a summary of the anti-corruption / anti-bribery / anti-fraud laws enacted in (or, in the case of international treaties, ratified by) the Republic of South Africa: - The Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994) - The Public Protector Act, 1994 (Act No. 23 of 1994) … Continue reading Legislative Anti-Corruption Reference: South Africa

Nigeria & South Africa: Two tales of anti-corruption enforcement

Nuhu Ribadu & the Scorpions: Setbacks and potential promises for anti-corruption efforts in Africa's two largest economies Two recent articles point to a convergence of missing or diminishing anti-corruption efforts in both South Africa and Nigeria. For one, Nigeria's former head of anti corruption Mr. Ribadu (whose high-provile 2012 report revealed that the country had … Continue reading Nigeria & South Africa: Two tales of anti-corruption enforcement