Zim tobacco barons’ planned capture of Tongaat Hulett

Zimbabwe’s controversial Rudland family is set to take control of the 130-year-old southern African sugar giant in a R2-billion takeover that has left some existing shareholders furious and raises fears the transaction could become a channel into the legitimate economy for dodgy cash.

2021: What a year!

Like everyone else, amaBhungane has had a tough year, but we’ve emerged stronger and ready to grow — with your help.

Beijing’s soft power: China offers 300 000 vaccine jabs to SANDF soldiers

Beijing’s soft power: China offers 300 000 vaccine jabs to SANDF soldiers

China has offered 300 000 free Covid vaccine doses to South Africa’s military as part of Beijing’s soft-power push for global influence. The military deny knowledge of the offer, but their own documents reveal recent discussions among high-ranking officials.

Clumsy Nersa redaction reveals “higher” cost of emergency power         

A small slip-up in the extensive redaction of documentation around potential 20-year contracts with the controversial Turkish Karpowership group has seemingly revealed that South Africa will pay far more than advertised.

Advocacy update: AmaBhungane’s win for transparency

The High Court handed down judgment declaring the Executive Ethics Code to be unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid — internal campaign donations to be disclosed.

24 August 2021: The Alexkor diamond factory on the Alexander Bay coast. In the background excavators load rocks that were used to build a coffer dam onto trucks. Photographer: Barry Christianson

All that glitters: how state capture hobbled Alexkor

The Guptas’ poisonous legacy still haunts the diamond coast of the Northern Cape. Alexkor, the state diamond mine at the mouth of the Orange river, “has been destroyed by corruption and state capture” its miners say.

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Zuma tax case: Five reasons why the panic over confidentiality is wrong

The court ruling that former President Jacob Zuma hand over tax information has prompted a flurry of public debate over taxpayer confidentiality — much of it alarmist and wrong. AmaBhungane, one of the parties in the case, tackles five misconceptions about the judgment.

Update: #EarthCrimes — Limpopo’s dirty great white elephant

In a letter this week, China’s ambassador to SA, referred to his country’s commitment to “not build new coal-fired power projects abroad”.

The R280m Joburg ‘crime scene’: How CoJ kept Kgoro in business (part three)

In part three of the series, we look at how the city, under the ANC’s leadership, rolled over and allowed a politically-connected consortium to hijack three hectares of prime city land.

The R280m Joburg ‘crime scene’: Strategic friends (part two)

This is part two of a three-part series that looks at the sale of erf 575 – three hectares of prime land above the Sandton Gautrain – to a consortium with deep connections to the ANC.

Joburg’s R280-million ‘crime scene’ (part one)

The City of Johannesburg’s tainted sale of Kgoro Central, the “most important piece of undeveloped real estate in South Africa”, cheated municipal coffers of at least R280-million but seems to have made some politically-connected people rich.

Investec’s multi-billion Euro backing for legendary ‘tax evader’ — cum-ex part three

The South African investment bank provided billions to one of the alleged pioneers of the alleged tax fraud dubbed “cum-ex” despite their client facing tax evasion investigations in four different countries.

Cum-ex, the basics explained

Sidebar explainer for the Cum-Ex files: Investec.

Hawks investigating ‘Malema-linked’ fuel tender

Dodgy payments, first revealed by amaBhungane in September 2019, were at the time the strongest indication of the EFF taking kickbacks in metros where it emerged as kingmaker after the 2016 local government elections. Now the Hawks are asking questions.

Advocacy Comment: The Companies Amendment Bill should unlock a new era of corporate transparency

The real owners of some companies hide their identities behind opaque legal mechanisms which may mask political corruption, money laundering or terrorist financing. We should therefore welcome the newly published Companies Amendment Bill, which offers a game-changing overhaul of corporate ownership transparency.

How Investec was a player in the world’s largest tax fraud – cum-ex part two

The investment bank has been named in criminal investigations of its alleged involvement in a number of the infamous German “cum-ex” tax scam transactions. Of particular interest to prosecutors in Germany is the case of US pension funds that relied on Investec to make allegedly fraudulent tax claims.

Investec implicated in investigations into the world’s largest tax fraud – the cum-ex files part one

A massive leak of German prosecutors’ documents has revealed how the investment bank took part in the epic European “cum-ex” scam out of its small Irish office. Approval for the bank’s participation in the schemes, witnesses and documentary evidence suggest, came from head-office in Johannesburg.

You knew, Ekurhuleni! Community waste collectors ‘ripped off’

The City of Ekurhuleni repeatedly dodged claims by amaBhungane that a waste collection programme to empower the city’s poorest instead short-changed them. But city officials knew all along. Their own investigation, now obtained by amaBhungane, had told them the same thing.

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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.