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Send the Guptas back: SA needs the UAE’s help to fight corruption

By David Lewis and Michael F. BreenFirst posted on Foreign Policy    US president Joe Biden launched a new initiative last month to focus the government on the fight against corruption, a struggle he called “essential to the preservation of our democracy and our future.” The stakes are indeed high, and Biden was right to Read more >

ConCourt judgment signals a victory for the rule of law in SA

Today’s judgment of the Constitutional Court, handed down by Justice Sisi Khampepe, finding former president Jacob Zuma guilty of “egregious” and “aggravated” contempt of court, and ordering him to serve 15 months behind bars, is a victory for the paramount importance of the rule of law. “This is a historically significant moment,” says Karam Singh, Read more >

Zuma pleads not guilty, corruption trial postponed to 19 July

The corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma and his co-accused, French arms manufacturer Thales, resumed today in the Pietermaritzburg High Court after a week-long break, only to be postponed until 19 July by Judge Piet Koen. This will give the state time to analyse the documents related to the special plea Zuma has entered Read more >

Conduct of Seriti commission judges to be investigated

In 2016 Corruption Watch (CW) and Right2Know (R2K) challenged the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption and Wrongdoing in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (the Seriti commission). The two organisations argued that the commission misled the public by exonerating politicians and public servants of any wrongdoing relating to the arms Read more >

Zuma corruption trial date finally set down for 17 May

Street art by Faith47 Jacob Zuma, a man who has been dodging corruption charges since the mid-2000s, will finally go on trial for those charges on 17 May. The Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled on 23 February that the corruption case against Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales, will start in just under three Read more >

Zuma, Thales corruption trial looms after latest challenge dismissed

On Friday morning, 22 January, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed, with costs, the bid by French arms company Thales to challenge racketeering charges. Known at that time as Thomson-CSF, Thales was a supplier in South Africa’s controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal in 1999. The charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering are linked to the hugely Read more >