The Durban whistleblower, the deadly hit and the dodgy R30m ‘debt’

Ethekwini municipality’s attempt to hand a dubious R30-million “settlement” to a tenderpreneur — and punish the whistleblower who exposed its questionable origins — is unraveling thanks to a bungled court case.

Sasfin pursuing millions in “odious” school debts

Seemingly questionable debts hobbling a poor school in Soweto have found their way into the investment bank’s vast securitisation programme, with apparently scant attention paid to the dubious underlying contracts. This cautionary tale of alleged corruption and opportunism has now resulted in the financial Goliath pursuing a hapless David.

EDITORIAL: Manufactured dissent

“Anti-imperial” clique makes common cause with right wing.

Who killed New Frame?

Evidence suggests the publication was hostage to its main donor, Roy Singham, that its failure to diversify its funding was a feature, not a bug, and that when it came to be regarded as less useful politically it was deliberately abandoned, rather than being given the chance to gain real independence. Unanswered questions remain about Singham’s role – and about his relationship with his presumed Chinese overlords.

Sasol, CEF to open “gas bridge” to Mozambique

Amidst an unprecedented loadshedding crisis, the Central Energy Fund is pushing ahead with energy minister Gwede Mantashe’s plan to build a “gas bridge” to Mozambique, while Eskom calls for up to 6 000 megawatts of new gas-fired power to urgently be added to the grid.

The veteran, the doctor and the PIC’s dodgy R600-million land deal

Extracting money from the Public Investment Corporation for dubious projects seems to have been easy – if you were willing to shell out massive “fees” to connected gatekeepers. That’s the implication of the latest investment debacle amaBhungane has uncovered involving the troubled state pension fund manager.

Papa J and Prince: meet the men who were roped into the Phala Phala burglary “mastermind’s” escape to Namibia.

Imanuwela David, the man alleged to be the ringleader in the robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s game farm, skipped the country with the aid of two dodgy forex traders – a certain Papa J and a man named Prince. AmaBhungane’s investigation reveals their identities, their roles in the saga, and Papa J’s surprising connection to Jacob Zuma. Meanwhile a new leaked recording raises more questions.

Majola’s liquidated company wins disputed Lesotho airport tender

A questionable tender to fix Lesotho’s dilapidated airport to meet international standards has been thrown into confusion – first by a liquidation order from a South African judge, then by a phone call from amaBhungane.