Efforts to end tax crime yield success

By Thato Mahlangu The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been working hard to make sure that disobedient citizens are made to account for failure to comply with the law. Sars, through a statement, said on 28 February 2020 it had won a 10-year battle court against a “non-compliant taxpayer” after the constitutional court dismissed Read more >

TI: sexual extortion rampant and unpunished worldwide

Study highlights significant gaps in policy and research with little action in most countries In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a new report from Transparency International (TI) provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of sexual extortion or “sextortion” as a form of corruption around the world. The report highlights cases in Read more >

SA properties firm a possible money laundering conduit

By Ray Mahlaka First published by Daily Maverick The Estate Agency Affairs Board has always been considered a bit toothless. So the sanctions Pam Golding Properties could face if found guilty of aiding money-laundering transactions are probably lightweight. But the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) might also get involved, and the penalties may be more severe. Read more >

Zondo Commission granted an extension

By Bernadette WicksFirst published by The Citizen The North Gauteng High Court has granted a second extension to the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, giving the commission another year in which to complete its work. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture has been given until the end of March Read more >

Joint efforts are needed to fight wildlife crime

Corruption is playing a role in the killing and trading of endangered species, especially primates. But concerted and collaborative efforts will go a long way towards wiping out these crimes. Primatologist Marilyn A. Norconk, emeritus professor at the Kent State University in Ohio, wrote an article for The Conversation last week to illustrate how people, Read more >

Funds to fix crime and corruption

First published by SA News National Treasury has availed an additional R2.4-billion for utilisation by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Hawks, as the government intensifies its war against crime and corruption. Delivering the 2020 Budget on Wednesday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said these funds would enable the appointment of Read more >

NGO to take NSFAS to court over irregular expenditure

By Thato Mahlangu Solidarity Helping Hand’s Study Fund Centre (SFC) is taking the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to court after allegations that the scheme erroneously paid billions to a student resurfaced this week. In 2018, the Sowetan reported that a Walter Sisulu University student was accused of wrongfully pocketing more than R800 000 Read more >

SONA 2020: read the full text of Ramaphosa’s speech

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Amos Masondo, Deputy President David Mabuza, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and esteemed members of the judiciary, Former President Thabo Mbeki and Mrs Mbeki, Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mrs Motlanthe, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk and Mrs De Read more >