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S.Africa’s $30 bln COVID-19 relief package exposed to fraud – auditor general

S.Africa’s $30 bln COVID-19 relief package exposed to fraud – auditor general

SOUTH Africa's auditor general says that some of the money in its 500 billion rand ($30 billion) COVID-19 relief package may have been fraudulently paid to improper beneficiaries. Reports of suspect deals between government officials and businesses providing medical equipment or food aid parcels to the poor, as well as mismanagement of the disaster fund, have sparked public outrage. In August, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) told lawmakers it was combing government departments for possible corruption over irregularities in coronavirus-related tenders worth 5 billion rand. In a televised briefing, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said an analysis of around 145 billion rand…
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South Africa’s ANC decides officials charged with graft must step aside

South Africa’s ANC decides officials charged with graft must step aside

SOUTH Africa’s governing party executive decided at a weekend meeting that party officials formally charged with corruption and other serious crimes must step aside from their posts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. The African National Congress (ANC) has been buffeted in recent weeks by reports of graft during the coronavirus crisis, with state investigators probing irregularities in government tenders worth 5 billion rand ($297 million). Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as ANC leader more than two and a half years ago, has staked his reputation on rooting out graft but has found it hard to make much progress…
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South Africa sets up body to probe COVID-19 corruption

South Africa sets up body to probe COVID-19 corruption

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has set up a ministerial committee to investigate alleged corruption in state tenders in the fight against COVID-19, his office has said, including with businesses supplying protective gear. Reports of suspect deals between government officials and businesses providing medical equipment, as well as food aid parcels to the poor, have sparked outrage in South Africa, where more than half a million cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to make it the fifth-largest outbreak in the world. South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in these contracts, the latest in a…
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Sierra Leone anti-corruption body questions former president

Sierra Leone anti-corruption body questions former president

SIERRA Leone's former President Ernest Bai Koroma has been questioned in a secure location in connection with investigations into alleged corruption after his lawyer cited concerns over his safety, the anti-corruption commission said. The case concerns alleged wrongdoing in connection with mining, construction and procurement contracts during Koroma's 2007-2018 tenure. Koroma denies the allegations, and has said corruption allegations are part of a long-running smear campaign. This questioning is the latest move in a campaign by Koroma's successor, President Julius Maada Bio, to investigate the previous administration that Maada Bio says took the country to the brink of economic collapse.…
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