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Zimbabwean security minister fired

Zimbabwean security minister fired

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER EDSON Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe, has surprised many by firing one of his cabinet ministers for conduct unbecoming of a member of the executive. Mnangagwa has removed Owen Ncube, once a close political ally, from this powerful position as Minister of Government, where his responsibilities were, among others, oversight of the much-feared Central Intelligence Organisation. In a brief statement, Dr JM Sibanda, the chief secretary to the President and Cabinet announced that: “His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde ED Mnangagwa has, in terms of section 340, subsection (1), paragraph (f), as read…
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Wife of South African army general arrested for R100-million fraud

Wife of South African army general arrested for R100-million fraud

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE crackdown by the South African law enforcement against fraud and corruption has continued, with the wife of an army general the latest to be arrested. Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu was arrested and has appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court where she was charged for providing false information and documents to win a R100-million tender from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) transport equipment to Sudan. Ntsonda-Ndhlovu, whose husband, Noel Ndhlovu, is a general in the SANDF, was granted bail of R80 000 and her case was postponed to December 9. As part of her bail…
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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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“Let’s reclaim South Africa from corrupt elements”

“Let’s reclaim South Africa from corrupt elements”

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans from all walks of life must unite and reclaim the country from corrupt elements intent on destroying it. Ramaphosa made the call when he delivered the eulogy at the funeral of John Nkadimeng, the liberation struggle stalwart who passed away at 93. Nkadimeng was buried in Johannesburg following a dignified funeral service attended by a few, in accordance with strict COVID-19 restrictions. The South African president has launched a full-frontal attack on corruption following allegations that the R500-billion set aside to fight COVID-19, has been plundered by corrupt elements,…
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South Africa gets tough on COVID-19 graft

South Africa gets tough on COVID-19 graft

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER WITH 36 cases already under investigation, the South African government has announced urgent and tough measures to prevent fraud and corruption in the billions set aside to prop up an economy devastated by the three of COVID-19 lockdowns. The government has rushed through a special proclamation and established a special investigation unit to probe all allegations of graft in the tenders - worth billions - to provide personal protective equipment, community screening, increased testing capacity, additional beds in field hospitals, ventilators, medicine and staffing. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the establishment of a special collaborative…
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Politician and CEO expected to join corruption suspects in the dock

Politician and CEO expected to join corruption suspects in the dock

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER A senior South African politician, who allegedly received kickbacks from a company that won tenders worth millions from his department, is expected to join in the dock four senior officials who have been arrested and charged with fraud and corruption. Brian Hlongwa, a former Gauteng MEC of Health, was found by a probe by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU),  to have had a corruption relationship with Gavin Payne, the CEO of 3P Consulting. The charges brought against the four officials, who appeared in court on Thursday, are based on the findings of the SIU. The SIU found…
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Change the law to prevent politicians and families from benefiting from state tenders

Change the law to prevent politicians and families from benefiting from state tenders

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH Africa’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has recommended that the law must be changed to make it illegal for politicians and their immediate families to benefit from state tenders. The SIU has also suggested that, once the legislative changes have been made, intentional non-compliance should be a criminal offence. The SIU is at the heart of a co-ordinated crackdown by the South African government against fraud and corruption in the billions spent on measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  It works with the Hawks, an elite investigations unit, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Auditor General’s office.…
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Arrest of politician sparks “who’s next’ panic in the ANC

Arrest of politician sparks “who’s next’ panic in the ANC

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE arrest of a top ANC politician on allegations of fraud and corruption related to the capture of the state by corrupt elements has triggered panic with the ANC ranks. In separate operations, Vincent Smith, the former chair of Parliament’s Committee on Correctional Services and seven other people, including a businessman who gave millions to the ANC, were arrested in joint operation by the Haws and the Special Investigations Unit. A number of senior ANC politicians, including two former premiers and a sitting cabinet minister, have been named in testimonies heard by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry…
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