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How to run a criminal network in a pandemic

“Promo Offer!” flashed up the advertisement on a Scottish vendor’s WhatsApp story, offering a discount on your next purchase if you referred five more customers. The updated price list offered further discounts for bulk buys. There was also a reminder to get orders in early, as, because of lockdown restrictions,… Read More

Covid corruption is rife in South Africa as confidence is washed away

Two new words have entered the South African lexicon — “plundemic” and “covidpreneur” capture a cynical response to the coronavirus emergency. A more vivid label for the allegations of sleaze linked to the procurement of emergency supplies by President Ramaphosa’s government came from the director-general of the World Health Organisation. Read More

South Africa: The pastor, the politician and the pension funds

Nearly R500-million of workers’ pension funds has been stolen and invested in risky initiatives, including that of controversial evangelist Shepherd Bushiri’s investment company. The Mail & Guardian has for the past six months been reporting and following developments in the case of Joseph Busha, a smooth-talking politician who runs… Read More
24th August 2020
OCCRP – Since the devastating explosion of a store of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port on August 4, Lebanese citizens have taken to the streets in shock, outrage, and grief. Above all, they have demanded answers: Where did the nearly 3,000 tons of explosive chemicals come from, and who… Read More
5th August 2020
South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in coronavirus-related tenders, the latest in a series of scandals that trade unions said showed the government’s failure to tackle graft. The probes by the Public Protector come soon after investigators launched separate inquiries into the procurement of personal… Read More
4th August 2020
Africa isn’t included on the virtual asset regulatory map just yet. But crypto businesses seeing strong growth across the 54-country continent are working hard on know-your-customer (KYC) rules to meet the exacting standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). A broad range of entities operating in Africa,… Read More
17th July 2020
By Khadija Sharife and Mark Anderson, OCCRP, 15 July 2020 OCCRP – A South African investment firm linked to the infamous Gupta family of businessmen charged a major state-owned company US$2.8 million for property management services that it never provided, OCCRP has discovered. The services were part of an… Read More
1st July 2020
Another major corruption scandal has rocked the West Australian public service, with an arrest warrant issued for a Fremantle Ports worker and his wife who are believed to have fled the country. Police have also arrested and charged the couple’s children over their alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar rort. Read More
18th June 2020
A number of people have been arrested by police investigating one of South Africa’s most notorious corruption scandals, the looting and collapse of VBS Mutual Bank. VBS, which held the savings of many disadvantaged people and local municipalities, collapsed with more than £100m in debts in 2018. Much of the… Read More
15th June 2020
AP – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an “accused person” over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the… Read More
8th June 2020
Former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi has been slapped with letter of demand for R91 million by the team of liquidators managing the winding up of the corruption-accused Bosasa group. In a stunning change of fortune for the self-proclaimed whistleblower, Agrizzi now become the first of the Bosasa dons to face… Read More
2nd June 2020
It is a sheaf of paper just 15mm thick. But the ink on its pages records kickbacks totalling R9-billion paid or pledged to the Guptas and their associates. These pages and offshore banking data tell the story of how Transnet’s ambitious plan a decade ago to renew its locomotive fleet… Read More
19th March 2020
The Central Bank of the UAE is in consultations with its counterpart in Islamabad and will sanction a Pakistani lender operating in the emirates if it deems the bank has breached its anti-money laundering (AML) laws. The central bank has “zero tolerance for non-compliance with AML regulations,” and expects “high… Read More