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Interpol red notice: what it means and why South Africa requested it

Interpol red notice: what it means and why South Africa requested it

THE International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has issued a red notice for two members of the wealthy but now disgraced Gupta family, Atul and Rajesh Gupta. This could now pave way for their arrest and extradition from the United Arab Emirates to face fraud and money laundering charges in South Africa. The Guptas – who at their height owned a business empire spanning computer equipment, media, and mining – are close friends of former President Jacob Zuma. A judicial commission of inquiry into state capture recently found that, with Zuma’s help, they orchestrated massive corruption. Thabo Leshilo asked Bernadine Benson…
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How corruption in South Africa is deeply rooted in the country’s past and why that matters

How corruption in South Africa is deeply rooted in the country’s past and why that matters

STEVEN FRIEDMAN, Professor of Political Studies, University of Johannesburg WHEN South Africans express shock at corruption, few seem to know that it is perhaps the country’s oldest tradition. Citizen anger about corruption, a constant theme in South African political debate, reacts to a very real problem. This was underlined recently by news that well-connected people had enriched themselves at the expense of efforts to contain COVID-19. What is not real is the widespread belief that corruption is both new and easy to fix. Reactions to corruption portray it as a product of African National Congress (ANC) rule (or majority rule…
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How Guptas got billions in income and kickbacks

How Guptas got billions in income and kickbacks

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER WHILE companies linked to them earned more than R49-billion, the Gupta family received a further R15.9-billion in kickbacks from third parties who got contracts from the South African government and state-owned companies as a result of the family’s political influence. These revelations were made at the judicial commission into state capture, corruption and theft by Paul Holden, a director at Shadow World Investigations.  Holden outlined to the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the flow of money from government department, state-owned enterprises to over 200 companies. He has analysed thousands of banking transactions, accounts that…
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Over R49-billion paid to Gupta-linked companies

Over R49-billion paid to Gupta-linked companies

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SEVERAL departments and enterprises owned by the South African government paid over R49-billion to 200 companies linked to the Gupta family, accused of being at the centre of state capture. This was contained in the evidence presented to the judicial commission into state capture, corruption and theft by Paul Holden, a director at Shadow World Investigations.  Holden’s probe revealed that billions flowed from government departments and state-owned enterprises to companies linked to the Gupta family, who fled SA and are now based in Dubai. The companies that received the money include McKinsey, KPMG, PwC, Estina, Sunbay Trading…
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Commission probing state capture adopts hardline stance against ex-president Zuma

Commission probing state capture adopts hardline stance against ex-president Zuma

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER A special judicial commission set up to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption and the capture of the state by corrupt individuals, civil servants and politicians is taking steps to force former South African President Jacob Zuma to appear before it. Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, head of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, disclosed today, the day that Zuma was scheduled to appear, that he will hear an application from the commission's legal team to issue summonses against Zuma. This comes after Zuma wrote to the commission and said he would not be able to appear because of…
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Guptas, Myeni paid for Gigabas honeymoons

Guptas, Myeni paid for Gigabas honeymoons

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FORMER South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni paid for the pre-honeymoon in Mauritius and the Gupta family paid for the Dubai honeymoon of the then cabinet minister Malusi Gigaba and his wife Norma in Mauritius. This was disclosed by Norma during her testimony at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.  Norma’s testimony took place after attempts by her estranged husband to have it heard in camera was dismissed by Zondo. The couple are in the middle of a divorce. Norma disclosed to the commission before travelling to Mauritius,…
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UK imposes sanctions on Guptas

UK imposes sanctions on Guptas

ANDREW MacASKILL BRITAIN has imposed sanctions on 14 Russians, on the Gupta family of South African businessmen and on officials accused of aiding Central American drugs cartels, in the first use of a new power to fight human rights abuses and corruption abroad. Britain's new Magnitsky act, like a similar law enacted in the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who was arrested and later died in prison in Russia after accusing Russian officials of massive tax fraud. The new law gives the government the power to penalise those it says are credibly involved in the most…
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South Africa’s Eskom seeks R3.8-billion damages over coal deal

South Africa’s Eskom seeks R3.8-billion damages over coal deal

POWER utility Eskom and South Africa's Special Investigating Unit (SIU) have issued a court summons in an effort to recoup R3.8- billion rand ($221 million) they allege was diverted by former Eskom executives and the Gupta family, who ran high profile businesses in the country. The move by Eskom and the SIU relates to the 2015 acquisition of Optimum Coal by the Gupta-controlled company Tegeta Exploration and Resources. At issue is a claim by Eskom that the deal involved a payment to the Guptas which was authorised by previous executives, damaging the company financially. Eskom alleged "a concerted effort corruptly…
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Gigaba’s wife summoned to testify

Gigaba’s wife summoned to testify

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER NORMA Gigaba, the estranged wife of former South African finance minister Malusi Gigaba has been summoned to testify at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture after her 11th-hour cancellation of a scheduled appearance. Norma’s lawyer Gcwalisile Makhathini yesterday told Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo that her decision to withdraw her participation in the commission. Makhathini said her client was not happy with how the commission has handled her scheduled appearance. Her withdrawal follows notice from her husband that he intended to apply for his wife’s testimony to be heard in camera. Norma’s testimony was expected…
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