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Advocacy release: The Access to Information Network and PAIA

Access to information in 2021: Is our signature statute fit for purpose?

Pandora Papers: Inside Zimbabwean tycoon Billy Rautenbach’s offshore family trust 

Records from a massive offshore data leak have provided the most detailed account yet of buccaneering mining and fuel magnate Billy Rautenbach’s family empire.

Hushed up: Mayor Masina’s high speed crash in ‘borrowed’ blue light car

City of Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina was in a high-speed, midnight crash at the wheel of a luxury municipal car he allegedly had no permission to drive. A witness told police he behaved as if drunk. Thirteen months later, it is clear that the embarrassing incident has been hushed up.

UPL disaster: Residents kept in the dark about dangers on their doorstep

Test results have finally confirmed that pesticides – including known carcinogens – poisoned rivers, soil and beaches in Durban. Provincial authorities say they have opened a criminal case against agro-chemical giant UPL but for residents who were exposed to toxic fumes and contaminated water, there is a growing fear of the unknown long-term health effects.

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Help lead our investigative journalism team. Deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, 1 October.

UPL disaster: Initial tests found high levels of arsenic from Durban’s chemical spill

Eight weeks after a fire at the UPL chemical warehouse, long-awaited test results confirm that chemicals contaminated soil and rivers leaving them “highly toxic”. But internal letters show that even UPL’s own experts disagreed over what the results actually meant for public safety.

AmaB Advocacy: Internal political party campaign financing — all eyes on the high court

Comment: AmaBhungane has argued in the Pretoria high court that donations to internal political party campaigns – which can lead ultimately to the candidate’s elevation to high office – are constitutionally required to be disclosed.

RET influencer Sphithiphithi Evaluator ‘unmasked’ in insurrection case

The state alleges that a 36-year-old Twitter influencer was one of the instigators that ignited widespread unrest and looting in July.