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U.S. sanctions brothers at center of South African graft scandal

The United States on Thursday sanctioned the three Gupta brothers at the center of the South African corruption scandal that contributed to the downfall of former President Jacob Zuma, saying they had misappropriated state assets. The U.S. decision to impose financial restrictions on the brothers is a public relations victory… Read More

‘Everything was cool’: Zuma son denies wrongdoing at graft inquiry

Ex-South African president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane denied wrongdoing at a graft inquiry on Monday, dismissing testimony of two witnesses who placed him in the room when friends of his father are alleged to have offered large bribes. Duduzane Zuma is a key witness at the so-called “state capture” inquiry… Read More

Down the Guptas’ Financial Rabbit Hole

Members of South Africa’s controversial Gupta family have long been implicated in a series of corrupt political connections and illegal deals that have earned them millions, often in government funds. The influence of the family, now reportedly in exile in Dubai, is so all-pervasive that the affair is widely known… Read More
12th August 2019
Mozambique charged 20 people, including the son of former President Armando Guebuza, over a fraud scam in which state-owned companies contracted $2 billion in debt for dubious projects. Legal action may follow against former finance minister Manuel Chang, who Mozambican authorities as well as the U.S Justice Department want… Read More
1st August 2019
Mozambique’s government is to fight for the extradition from South Africa of former finance minister Manuel Chang, who the United States is seeking to put on trial, according to a letter from a law firm seen by Reuters. Chang has been in custody in South Africa since his arrest in… Read More
31st July 2019
South Africa’s public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who heads the country’s top anti-corruption body, was flagged by global banking giant HSBC as having financial links to the infamous Gupta family, according to banking records leaked to OCCRP. The Guptas are at the center of South Africa’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry… Read More
23rd May 2019
Washington urged South Africa on Wednesday to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang to the United States to face charges related to a $2 billion debt scandal, after it was decided he be sent to his home country. Chang has been in custody in South Africa since December when… Read More
20th May 2019
AP — Former South African president Jacob Zuma is in court facing charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering. Zuma, 77, appeared at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province Monday on charges of receiving bribes when the government purchased arms in 1999. Zuma was South Africa’s president… Read More
2nd May 2019
Struggling farmer Meshack Ncongwane was a life-long supporter of South Africa’s governing African National Congress, but says the party won’t get his vote in parliamentary and provincial elections next week. Local ANC officials offered him what he thought would be a lucrative stake in a dairy farm in 2013. He… Read More
21st March 2019
Authorities in Kenya have arrested six individuals regarding $20 million in counterfeit notes that were stored in a personal safety deposit box at a branch of Barclays Kenya. “The fake notes in 100 Dollar denominations were recovered from the Bank’s Safe Room,” the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said… Read More
25th February 2019
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a tribunal to fast-track legal proceedings from graft investigations by the country’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU), the presidency said on Sunday. The tribunal will adjudicate over any civil proceedings brought before it by the SIU, which investigates malpractice in state institutions, state assets… Read More
20th February 2019
Uganda accused the country’s biggest telecoms operator, MTN Uganda, on Tuesday of underdeclaring its sales and causing public revenue losses, in a further souring of relations with the South African-owned company. Uganda deported MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Wim Vanhelleputte last week, the fourth MTN official to be expelled from the… Read More
25th January 2019
South African prosecutors on Thursday provisionally withdrew corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma. Duduzane Zuma faced charges of corruption and conspiracy to commit corruption related to his dealings with the Guptas, three Indian-born brothers accused of using their relationship with former president Zuma to… Read More