An investigative outfit with an advocacy programme may raise eyebrows. But amaBhungane has scored major wins for transparency and free speech.
In an exclusive interview, the man charged with orchestrating the pillage that led to VBS Mutual Bank’s ruin, claimed he is the victim of powerful political forces that conspired to destroy South Africa’s only black-owned bank and pin fictitious crimes on him.
A judge has declared constitutionally invalid a tender the city awarded to three bidders citing the “irrational” adjudication that amaBhungane exposed.
A second wave of arrests is widely expected, this time targeting some of the municipal officials who deposited billions in VBS Mutual Bank, allegedly often in exchange for bribes. After that, the road appears headed to political bosses.
Two forensic investigations reveal that senior municipal officials bent over backwards to invest in VBS Mutual Bank. They gambled with funds meant for community upliftment – and lost.
When we say “same WhatsApp group” we normally mean people share a point of view. But occasionally — very occasionally — there really is a WhatsApp group quietly coordinating what people say on social media and what happens in the streets.
After a two-year battle, a small non-profit is victorious as the Pretoria high court sets aside all 11 contracts in government’s flagship jobs programme.
Seven of the eight main suspects in the pillage of VBS Mutual Bank appeared in the Palm Ridge regional court today to hear their charges and post bail.
Eight prime suspects in the pillaging and destruction of VBS Mutual Bank were rounded up in simultaneous raids this morning. This marks the beginning of a wave of prosecutions that will almost inevitably drag in a range of political operators from municipalities right up to the national level.