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Customers queue outside a branch of Capitec Bank in Johannesburg. Credit: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

By Khadija Sharife and Mark Anderson First published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Regiments Capital, a boutique South African securities investment firm, earned more than R891-million ($58.7-million) in shares by taking advantage of a government initiative designed to mitigate the inequality of 50 years of apartheid, an OCCRP investigation reveals. Regiments has already been Read more >

Africa’s whistle-blowers: ‘All I did was tell the truth’

By Olivier Piot Translated by Charles Goulden First published in The Nation South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February 2018 over the biggest corruption scandal since the end of apartheid, which involved both the president and his son. Zuma’s exit became inevitable last June, after the publication of thousands of confidential documents revealing that Read more >

CW welcomes Hawks’ arrest of Vrede scandal suspects

Corruption Watch applauds the Hawks’ morning raid on the Gupta compound, and the subsequent arrests in relation to the Vrede dairy farm investigations, including that of Ajay Gupta. Also arrested was Free State’s agriculture department head, Peter Thabethe. The organisation has repeatedly called for those implicated in multiple corruption scandals to be held accountable and Read more >

PP’s Vrede dairy farm report dubbed ‘whitewash’

By Kwazi Dlamini On Friday 9 February the Office of the Public Protector unexpectedly released the much anticipated report on the Vrede dairy farm. The report was anticipated not only because it implicated some senior ANC officials and the controversial Gupta family, but also because citizens have been waiting for the report for three years. Read more >

TI UK and CW call for Gupta banks to be investigated

First published on Transparency International UK A recent statement in the UK Parliament has generated widespread speculation that a major British bank has been involved in the South Africa’s Gupta scandal. In response, Transparency International (TI) UK and Corruption Watch, TI’s national chapter in South Africa, have called for a firm approach to be taken Read more >

CW: KPMG, McKinsey must be investigated

CW weighs in on KPMG and McKinsey’s alleged involvement in Gupta-related business dealings Corruption Watch strongly endorses the investigation by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors into allegations of improper conduct of auditing firm KPMG, in particular its 2014 audit of Linkway Trading, the company alleged to be involved in the related Free State dairy Read more >

Zuma: the Ozymandias of the south

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous sonnet Ozymandias, first published in 1818, tells the story of a traveller in the desolate Egyptian desert who comes upon a broken statue of King Rameses II, whom the Greeks called Ozymandias. What remained of this pharaoh’s statue were two huge stone legs Read more >

Betrayal of public trust must be investigated

The controversy surrounding the relationship between the president and the Gupta family demands immediate resolution. It is a particularly damaging distraction at a time when the country faces pressing economic problems, problems that are strongly related to the governance issues represented in the Gupta affair. In essence, business interests represented by the Gupta family stand Read more >

Dropped charges confirm Guptagate scapegoating

The South African National Defence Force’s recent withdrawing of charges against the two officers that it implicated in the investigation into the Gupta aircraft that landed at Waterkloof Air Force base in 2013 confirms that they were chosen as scapegoats, and that the charges were designed to deflect attention from President Zuma’s role in securing Read more >