Cryptocurrency and Asset Recovery in South Africa

By Michael-James Currie and Jemma Muller It is well established that the use of cryptocurrency poses significant legal and regulatory challenges with regards to asset recovery. South Africa is no exception, as is evidenced by the recent scams involving Mirror Trading International and Africrypt. Cryptocurrencies are by nature designed to preclude regulatory control. Ownership is … Continue reading Cryptocurrency and Asset Recovery in South Africa

Special Tribunal orders former Transnet Executive to pay back R26.4m in secret profits, more predicted to follow

By Nicola Taljaard and Joshua Eveleigh On 31 of August 2021, Former Transnet Executive Linyenga Herbert Msagala (“Msagala”) was ordered to repay the amount of R26.4 million in ill-gained funds to his former employer after being found guilty of disgorging secret profits whilst managing Transnet Capital Projects. On this day, the Special Tribunal (“Tribunal”) reported … Continue reading Special Tribunal orders former Transnet Executive to pay back R26.4m in secret profits, more predicted to follow

South African Constitutional Court Sentences Former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in Prison Effective Immediately

By Jemma Muller On 29 June 2021, the Constitutional Court of South Africa (“CC”) handed down a precedent setting judgment in which it sentenced the former President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma (“Zuma”) to 15 months imprisonment after finding Zuma guilty of contempt of court which was both “extraordinary and unprecedented in respect of … Continue reading South African Constitutional Court Sentences Former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in Prison Effective Immediately

Thursday webinar: Calling Out COVID Corruption & Why We Need Whistleblower Regimes

“Calling Out COVID Corruption: Why the pandemic requires robust Whistleblower regimes to combat corruption – lessons from abroad” Primerio Ltd. and Constantine Cannon LLP are pleased to invite you to what promises to be a lively & informative seminar on whistle-blowing, corruption, and lessons learned from the pandemic. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE: https://lnkd.in/dW_FjY8 With Panelists Zanele … Continue reading Thursday webinar: Calling Out COVID Corruption & Why We Need Whistleblower Regimes

South Africa: New Cyber Crimes Legislation

By Michael-James Currie and Camilla Warring The new Cybercrimes Bill (B 6B – 2017) has been the subject of much debate. It has been passed by the National Council of Provinces and now awaits assent by President Ramaphosa. If it passes into law it will create a number of new crimes, including the crime of … Continue reading South Africa: New Cyber Crimes Legislation

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

Kenya’s New Bribery Bill: It Takes Two to Tango

By AAT Senior Contributor, Michael-James Currie Corruption has long been recognised as one of the biggest challenges which entities wanting to do business in Kenya must contend with. The frequent demands for bribes by public officials has led to increased business costs, particularly for foreign investors. According to figures published by GAN Integrity Solutions in … Continue reading Kenya’s New Bribery Bill: It Takes Two to Tango

French Authorities Investigate Top Political Advisor in Gabon

According to recent reports, French authorities are investigating one of Gabon President Ali Bongo’s closest political advisors, Maixent Accrombessi, in relation to an alleged bribe which Accrombessi accepted from French firm Marck. It is alleged that Marck’s chairman, Philippi Belin, who has been placed under formal investigation, paid Accrombessi a bribe in relation to Gabon’s … Continue reading French Authorities Investigate Top Political Advisor in Gabon

South African Government implicated in allegedly bribing FIFA for 2010 World Cup

It has recently been reported that the South African Government bribed FIFA officials to secure the 2010 World Cup. Following the arrest of seven FIFA officials in Switzerland recently, the US DOJ has alleged that the South African Government was directly involved in bribing FIFA officials to secure the 2010 World Cup. The Zuma administration in … Continue reading South African Government implicated in allegedly bribing FIFA for 2010 World Cup

UK Targeting Oil, Gas & Logging: Great Britain implements EU Directive earlier than required

African "natural resource-rich countries" to be in particular focus of DirectiveThe government of the United Kingdom has announced earlier implementation of, inter alia, the anti-bribery provisions in the EU Accounting Directive than mandated by the European Commission (end of 2014, in lieu of the prescribed July 2015 deadline).  The Directive requires Member States to pass legislation … Continue reading UK Targeting Oil, Gas & Logging: Great Britain implements EU Directive earlier than required