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How allies of Guptas gamed SA’s diamond trade

By Brenda Smith First published on OCCRP South Africa’s Gupta family is the subject of a sprawling commission that’s probing years of theft of state resources. An OCCRP investigation uncovers new details about how the family’s close allies systemically undervalued and sold off tens of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds. The course of South Read more >

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 >

Whistle-blowers – the brave watchdogs of corruption

Until South Africa learns to appreciate and applaud its whistle-blowers – those who take their courage into their hands and expose dubious deeds – the fight against corruption will not gain full momentum. Whistle-blowers provide an invaluable service to their communities and compatriots, by helping to uncover widespread or large-scale wrongdoing that affects other people. Read more >

August 2018

What is a commission of inquiry? In order to understand the complexities of the Zondo Commission, it is very important to also understand what a commission of inquiry is, its origins in this country, and what level of authority it has. This opinion piece, first published in City Press in November 2016, provides this information Read more >

September 2018

Posts for September 2018 4 September 2018 Faith Muthambi responded to Phumla Williams, describing her as ’emotionally unhinged’. Faith Muthambi 6 September 2018 Justice Zondo heard applications from implicated persons, to cross-examine those who named them. Applications to cross-examine 10 September 2018 Jan Gilliland, a senior official within the National Treasury, testified that the Guptas Read more >

October 2018

Posts for October 2018 3 October 2018 For the first time since his dismissal on 9 December 2015, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene revealed details of the sequence of events leading up to that day. Nene was reappointed as finance minister on 27 February 2018. Nhlanhla Nene opens up about 2015 dismissal Photos of former finance Read more >

November 2018

Posts for November 2018 12 November 2018 Former public services minister Barbara Hogan, who was named in the testimony of Vytjie Mentor in August, appeared before the commission today and gave details of how former president Jacob Zuma pressured her to appoint a Transnet CEO of his choosing – one who was not as suitable Read more >

December 2018

Posts for December 2018 5 December 2018 The commission of inquiry into state capture announced on Tuesday that it had halted its public hearings until January. The date of the recommencement of the hearings, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, will be announced next month. Zondo Commission postponed to 2019