No holds barred: Controversial businessman Zunaid Moti locked in a vicious legal battle with former cage-fighter

In a bitter legal battle pitting two controversial businessmen against each other, former cage-fighter Frederick Lutzkie has levelled numerous damaging allegations of criminality and fraud against Moti, whom he accuses of ripping him off in an investment in a platinum plant. Moti and his associates have hit back, accusing Lutzkie of attempting to extort them. Mafia tactics, an apparent assassination and a sexual abuse coverup have all featured in the case.

Comment: Secrecy on Public Procurement Bill betrays the process and the people

The National Treasury has veiled its public participation process on procurement reform in secrecy. That undermines the integrity of the process and risks perpetuating the disasters of government’s current procurement system, say members of the Procurement Reform Working Group.

SA doctors stall Glencore’s mega-settlement over alleged DRC ‘bribe’ by Gertler associate.

Two South African doctors are fighting to piggyback on the commodity trading behemoth’s $1,1-billion corruption settlement with American authorities, claiming R860-million related to a bizarre saga in which Glencore admits paying to bribe a judge in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They allege the payment was orchestrated by a right-hand-man of sanctioned billionaire Dan Gertler.

How Siyaya TV took advantage of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela’s fortune

When the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela traditional council financed a pay-TV channel in 2014, council chair Kgosi John Pilane promised it would create jobs and “change the face of broadcasting”. Now a forensic investigation suggests Pilane was conflicted from the start and shows how the council forked out nearly R100-million on the never-never to keep Siyaya TV afloat.

Comment: Rushed legislation to strengthen financial oversight betrays a weakened law-making regime

The risk of greylisting from the Financial Action Task Force has triggered the drafting of laws to strengthen South Africa’s financial accountability regime. But a rushed law-making process has resulted in bills presented to Parliament which do not adequately respond to South Africa’s unique challenges in combating financial crime.

The collapse of old king coal: the war over the future of coal begins (part 3)

Eskom plans to spend at least R170-billion in a bid to maintain and restore the coal fleet. Will this solve the energy crisis or are we just throwing good money after bad?

Corruption in the ABC Motsepe League – internal report lifts the lid on SAFA intrigue

The South African Football Association (SAFA) uncovered a match-fixing syndicate in the 2016 ABC Motsepe League play-offs. Now an internal report exposes the cheating, names names ahead of a long-delayed criminal trial and shows SAFA did not fully follow its own recommendations by failing to make an example of those who engineered the plot.

Lindiwe Sisulu’s attack is an abuse of public office

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism is calling on government to retract an official press release – issued by the office of the Minister of Tourism – which calls Sam Sole, amaBhungane’s co-founder, a “well-known apartheid agent”.

THE LAUNDRY: how shape-shifting “money launderers” infiltrated SA banks (part one)

Over the past decade Johannesburg banks have been fair game for a group of alleged money launderers tied to luminaries in the gold and tobacco sectors. The cash flow was enough to transform a small bank’s balance sheet overnight, yet no-one raised the alarm. We ask: why was it so easy and where was the Reserve Bank?