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

And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

Another look at South African economic & fiscal reality By AAF Guest Contributor James Greener, Ph.D. Minister Gigaba told us very little that we did not already know about the poor shape of the government’s finances. However, his unusual approach was actually to say as much and while he has been praised mightily for this, … Continue reading And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

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

Did U.S. Meddle with Zuma Corruption Investigation? There’s a new Sheriff in Town

Ex-Public Protector Criticised for Accepting American & German Funds in Effort to Stamp out Government Fraud South Africa's current holder of the Office of the Public Protector ("OPP") -- a supposedly independent government institution designed to fill an ombudsman role in public corruption investigations -- Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has reported to Parliament’s justice committee that, unlike her … Continue reading Did U.S. Meddle with Zuma Corruption Investigation? There’s a new Sheriff in Town

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

Och-Ziff’s African (formerly lucrative) nightmare

Och-Ziff Capital Management Admits To Role In Africa Bribery Conspiracies And Agrees To Pay $213 Million Criminal Fine From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York: "Och-Ziff Enters into 3-Year Deferred Prosecution Agreement; Och-Ziff Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the FCPA" BROOKLYN, NY – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for … Continue reading Och-Ziff’s African (formerly lucrative) nightmare

Slow Crawl On Corruption

A long walk to freedom need not mean a slow crawl on combating corrupt government BY PETER O’BRIEN* The recent (May 12) London Summit on Anti-Corruption resulted in another small step in the right direction. About 40 countries were represented, along with a number of international sports associations and similar bodies that have come under … Continue reading Slow Crawl On Corruption

Understanding the Context: AAF reviews U.N. Report “Measuring Corruption In Africa”

Understanding the Context: AAF’s Review of the U.N. Report entitled “Measuring Corruption In Africa: The International Dimension Matters”, by the United Nations Economic Commission For Africa, March 2016   By Peter O’Brien* Economics and politics experience fashion changes at a pace that makes clothes designers envious. And, like the designers garments, some of “today’s problems” … Continue reading Understanding the Context: AAF reviews U.N. Report “Measuring Corruption In Africa”

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?