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  • South Africa Arrests Dane Accused of Stealing $17 million

    Authorities in South Africa arrested on Monday a Danish woman suspected of stealing US$17 million from Danish government funds from the National Board of Health, Danish prosecutors said.

  • South Africa: Police Implicated in Massive Fraud, Collusion

    An independent investigation named at least 20 South African senior police officials as suspects in a massive fraud and collusion case involving allegedly illegal contracts worth millions of dollars awarded to a private forensic software company over the past five years, the Daily Maverick reported.

  • Gupta Friend Will Testify if S. Africa Pays US$12,000 for His Flight

    An associate with close ties to the Indian-South African Gupta family is set to testify at the family’s naturalization hearing, but first, he has a few demands - a return business class airline ticket for himself from New Delhi, which the South African Parliament estimates will cost a whopping US$12,100, the Sunday Times reported.

  • Anti-Corruption Politicians Killed in South Africa

    South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, A.N.C., has seen a wave of intra-party killings motivated by money and political power, according to recent reporting by the New York Times. Those killed included A.N.C. members that had been outspoken against the party’s corruption.

  • New Report: Illegal Poaching Decimates South African Sea Snails

    Over the past 17 years, nearly 96 million large sea snails valued at US$900 million have been illegally poached off the coast of South Africa and trafficked by organized crime groups, a new report released Wednesday reveals.

  • Corruption, Mismanagement Plague Limpopo’s Traffic Cops and Medics

     Twenty traffic cops from various districts in the South African province of Limpopo were charged this week for corruption, theft and “defeating the ends of justice,” the Citizen, a South African tabloid, reports.

  • How the Guptas Milked South Africa for Diamonds

    Under recently ousted President Zuma, the Gupta family made millions in South Africa. Some of that money may have been used to purchase diamonds in a scheme which defrauded a state program to help poor black dairy farmers.

    Koos Mthimkhulu, a black cattle-farmer, inspects his herd at his farm in Eastern Free State Province, South Africa, 2012. Mthimkhulu was born on a white-owned farm, and at the end of minority rule in 1994 was selected for a reform program whereby the government bought agricultural land from white farmers and handed it over to blacks with legitimate claims on the territory. Photo: Reuters / Siphiwe SibekoKoos Mthimkhulu, a black cattle-farmer, inspects his herd at his farm in Eastern Free State Province, South Africa, 2012. Mthimkhulu was born on a white-owned farm, and at the end of minority rule in 1994 was selected for a reform program whereby the government bought agricultural land from white farmers and handed it over to blacks with legitimate claims on the territory. Photo: Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko

  • South Africa Opens Inquiry on Zuma’s Alleged Corruption

    South Africa on Monday opened a public inquiry into alleged corruption under ex-president Jacob Zuma, six months after he stepped down amid a scandal that encompasses 783 corruption charges and a multi billion-dollar arms deal, the BBC reports.

  • South Africa: Zuma Court Case Adjourned

    The trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma who faces 16 charges of corruption, is adjourned until November 30th, Reuters reported.

  • South Africa: Zuma’s Son Faces Bribery Charges

    The son of former South African president Jacob Zuma is to appear in the Specialized Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg where he will be charged with corruption, the New York Times reported Sunday.

  • South Africa: Zuma Facing 16 Corruption Charges

    Following his resignation last month, former South African president Jacob Zuma is facing 16 corruption charges connected to over 700 instances of wrongdoing, the Associated Press reported Friday. 

  • Biya’s private travels: The story behind the story

    Cameroon’s government is up in arms after our investigation into president Paul Biya’s extended “private trips” away from his own country. Here’s how we counted his days abroad and built our story.

    A boy walks past a newspaper kiosk in the Wada district of Cameroon's capital of Yaounde, in the run-up to the presidential elections of October 2011. Photo (c): Reuters / Akintunde AkinleyeA boy walks past a newspaper kiosk in the Wada district of Cameroon's capital of Yaounde, in the run-up to the presidential elections of October 2011. Photo (c): Reuters / Akintunde Akinleye

  • India’s Bank of Baroda Played a Key Role in South Africa’s Gupta Scandal

    India’s state-owned Bank of Baroda -- one of the country’s largest -- played a crucial role in the financial machinations of South Africa’s politically influential Gupta family, allowing them to move hundreds of millions of dollars originating in alleged dirty deals into offshore accounts, an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) and The Hindu has found.

    A man walks past the Bank of Baroda’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, May 3, 2016. Photo (c): Reuters/Danish Siddiqui. All rights reserved]A man walks past the Bank of Baroda’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, May 3, 2016. Photo Reuters/Danish Siddiqui.

  • Rhinos Wanted – Dead or Alive

    Major gaps between South African and Namibian legislation that regulates the endangered species trade allowed for the sale of at least 13 white rhino bulls from a South African game park to a Russian big game hunting outfit in Namibia. Nine of these rhinos were found to have died.

    An adult and baby rhino at Kruger National Park in South Africa. (Photo: Violator1, Flickr)An adult and baby rhino at Kruger National Park in South Africa. (Photo: Violator1, Flickr)

  • Kenya: Anti-graft Commission Actively Recovering Stolen Cash

    Kenya’s anti-corruption authorities say they will retrieve close to US$3.7million that was taken illegally by former Kenya Power officials, The Standard reported Friday.

  • South Africa: Zuma Resigns, Ramaphosa Sworn In

    South African President Jacob Zuma finally resigned Wednesday evening, after hemming and hawing his way through Tuesday’s announcement that his party, the African National Congress (ANC), no longer stood behind him.

  • South Africa: McKinsey Accused in Gupta Graft Case

    South African prosecutors moved to freeze US$ 130 million worth of assets held by McKinsey & Co. and Trillian Capital Partner, a company with close ties to the allegedly corrupt Gupta family, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

  • South Africa: Zuma Launches State Capture Inquiry

    Jacob Zuma, the outgoing South African President, established a long-awaited commission of inquiry on Tuesday to investigate allegations of private interests having steered his government’s policy.

  • Millions in South African Lottery Grants Administered by Chicken Farmer

    A school in a remote town in South Africa owned by a chicken farmer with a checkered business history was chosen by that country’s national lottery to handle almost US$ 3.7 million in grant money intended to help poor or under-served communities.

    logo for South African National LotteryLogo of South African National Lottery (Credit: wikimedia.org).

  • South African Court Orders Graft Investigation against Zuma

    A South African court thwarted on Wednesday president Jacob Zuma’s attempt to block an investigation into his abuse of office and ordered the inquiry to be launched and finished within 180 days.

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