Hawks confirmed Ajay Gupta’s arrest warrant not linked to Estina Dairy

PRETORIA – The Hawks have confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Ajay Gupta but it’s not related to the Estina Dairy Farminvestigation.

The unit’s acting head Yolisa Matakata clarified this aspect related to the case which saw eight suspects appear in court in Bloemfontein a week ago.
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Cyril Ramaphosa – Reshuffle: Whose heads will roll?

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle by next Friday amid growing calls to fire ministers implicated in state capture.

The ministers seen as being compromised or underperforming are Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen,
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Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town: VAT hike pays for corruption

The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa are concerned that citizens are effectively paying for the impact of corruption through a hike in Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The bishops expressed their “deep concern” at the hike by one percentage point to 15% announced in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s “tough but hopeful” budget speech.
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Will NPA prosecute Zuma

JOHANNESBURG – Today is the deadline for a team of prosecutors considering former president Jacob Zuma’s representations to make a recommendation to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams on whether or not to reinstate charges relating to fraud and corruption.

Zuma submitted reasons as to why he should not have his day in court at the end of last month, nine years after the original decision to prosecute was withdrawn.
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NPA opposes Atul Gupta’s AFU challenge

Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has filed opposing papers in a court application Atul Gupta has lodged to have a preservation order against him set aside.

In an answering affidavit, which was filed in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, prosecuting authorities set out precisely why they say that R10m in Gupta’s personal bank account constituted the proceeds of corruption, fraud and money laundering.
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Public Protector finds Brown ‘inadvertently’ misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillion

Cape Town – The Public Protector has found that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown misled the National Assembly when she denied there were engagements between power utility Eskom and the Gupta-linked company Trillian Capital Partners.

This is according to a report issued by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to the DA on Thursday.
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Judgement in SASSA, CPS corruption case reserved

Pretoria – Civil organisation Corruption Watch turned to the Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, for an order setting aside the decision of the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) to pay R317 million to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) regarding the registration and payment of grant beneficiaries.

Corruption Watch want CPS to pay back the money, together with interest, to the public coffers, pending a recalculation of what the proven amount due to CPS is.

Sassa earlier withdrew its opposition to the review application, while CPS is defending the matter.

Advocate Steven Budlender, acting for Corruption Watch, on Thursday argued that the decision taken by Sassa to vary a services contract with CPS for the distribution of social grant payments to the poorest of society, is at the heart of this case.

Corruption Watch is of the opinion that the variation, which resulted in Sassa paying CPS R317 million, was unlawful. 

Budlender said the money was paid in circumstances where the parties had not even agreed a cost for the varied services and where Sassa had failed to establish that this amount was even owed to CPS. 

“This is irrational,” he said.
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Protets action at Optimum mine continues

JOHANNESBURG – Workers at the Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga have been promised feedback on Thursday on whether they will be paid this month.

Employees have been demanding clarity on the future of the mine after the Bank of Baroda which was responsible for administering their salaries stopped doing business in South Africa.
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The 2018 Budget is there to fight corruption

Renewed vigour to tackle corruption head-on was palpable in National Treasury’s 2018 budget, tabled in parliament on Wednesday.

Deep-rooted and wide-spread corruption has become commonplace in the public sector under the leadership of former
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Convicted Fraudster, Schabir Shaik is too busy to go to jail

Schabir Shaik is not being hauled back to jail. Instead the convicted fraudster is “very busy” at his Morningside home in Durban.

On Monday as hundreds of Twitter and Facebook users shared a hoax tweet claiming that he was going to be rearrested‚ the terminally ill parolee’s schedule was full.
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Only stagnant pools remain after the Zunami

Former president Jacob Zuma’s rambling monologue on the SABC on Wednesday afternoon wasn’t just an arrogant, delusional act of defiance in the face of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) instruction to step down as head of state.

It was his final act of working outside the structures of the governing party, and of the state, and of using the resources that his deployment to government had enabled him to pursue his own agenda, often to the detriment of both.
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SA’s richest woman offers R1.4m reward for Ajay Gupta and Duduzane Zuma

One of the country’s richest women Magda Wierzycka is offering R900 000 of her own money to help authorities track down and arrest Ajay Gupta and Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane who are understood to be fugitives.

She is topping the R500 000 rewards orginially offered by NGO Forensics for Justice. The organisation said it is offering the money because “These people have almost brought South Africa to its knees, it’s now time to bring them to justice. We are offering R100,000 for information leading to the arrest of each one of them and a bonus of R100,000 if the same informant gives information leading to the arrest of all four of them.”
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Minister, Carrying His Louis Vuitton Handbag, Ditches State House For R7000-A-Pop Showers

A cabinet minister who wants to dodge Cape Town water restrictions has booked himself into an R7 000-a-night hotel. “The joke is he didn’t want to take a bucket bath in Cape Town”.

Instead of occupying his official state residence, State Security Minister Bongani Bongo checked into the five-star Taj hotel three weeks ago, complaining about the 90-second time limit he has to take showers.
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‘Zuma Is Going To Have His Day In Court Soon And It’s Going To Be Ugly’

Jacob Zuma is set to face the music —  soon he will be charged with the arms-deal corruption case and he might face ill-discipline charges by his party. The Sunday Times has revealed that the National Prosecuting Authority is going to recommend that some of the charges against Zuma be reinstated, having lined up more than 200 witnesses to testify against him.
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