2nd April 2018
Anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died at 81 following an illness. The former wife of South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela, Winnie put up a notable fight against apartheid, and was considered as “the Mother of the Nation” by some. Her life, however, was also dogged by controversy. Winnie… Read More
27th March 2018
Gold castings of the hands of South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela have been sold for $10m (£7m) in bitcoin. Canadian crypto-currency exchange firm Arbitrade bought four casts from South African businessman Malcolm Duncan. The firm said it planned to launch a global “Golden Hands of Nelson Mandela” tour… Read More
18th March 2018
AP — Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face old charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, prosecutors announced Friday, deepening the legal woes of a leader whose tenure was marked by scandals. Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Authority, noted the “long history” of the reinstated… Read More
7th March 2018
A bank in South Africa has denied re-opening the accounts of companies belonging to the controversial Gupta brothers. The companies could be liquidated if banking facilities cannot be found. Earlier today it had looked as if the South African banking giant, Standard Bank, was throwing the Gupta-owned companies a lifeline… Read More
1st March 2018
South Africa’s chief prosecutor, who was ordered to step down by a court that found it improper that a Jacob Zuma-appointee should decide if the then-president should be prosecuted, appealled that ruling on Wednesday. The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest, heard the appeal by Shaun Abrahams against the Dec. 8… Read More
27th February 2018
New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his cabinet, making substantial changes to ministerial positions. He reappointed Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, reversing his sacking by the former President Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma, who is facing charges of corruption, was forced to stand down earlier this month by his… Read More
25th February 2018
A South African minister inadvertently misled parliament when she said a local consultancy firm linked to business friends of former President Jacob Zuma had no contracts with state power utility Eskom, a anti-graft watchdog said on Thursday. New President Cyril Ramaphosa should take action within 14 days against the Public… Read More
18th February 2018
A South African court has ruled that Absa, a subsidiary of Barclays Africa, will not need to repay loans taken from the apartheid government in the eighties and nineties. South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Public Protector, had argued that the then government illegally issued bailouts to Bankorp, which was… Read More
14th February 2018
The Hawks, South Africa’s special police unit, landed at a home reported to belong to the Gupta family on Wednesday morning in what is considered to be part of a probe into corruption allegations linked to President Jacob Zuma. The Guptas have featured prominently in a number of scandals, and… Read More
11th February 2018
AP – The drama over whether South African President Jacob Zuma soon will leave office because of corruption allegations is overshadowing commemorations of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Top leaders of the ruling African National Congress won’t take part in events leading up to a big rally Sunday… Read More