The dirt on Deloitte’s consulting deals at Eskom, Part 1

Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting multinationals, took exception when South Africa’s electricity utility accused it of  “pure corruption” and demanded repayment of R207-million in consulting fees from the state capture era. It proclaimed its innocence and said Eskom had tried to bully it into a settlement. Now a deep dive by amaBhungane suggests it is Deloitte’s competitors and the taxpayers who should feel aggrieved.

The dirt on Deloitte’s consulting deals at Eskom, Part 2

In Part 1 we explained how Deloitte received R207-million worth of consulting work from Eskom through a process that chairman Jabu Mabuza described as difficult to conceive of anything “less fair, equitable, transparent or competitive”. That senior Eskom employees bent and broke the rules for Deloitte now seems obvious. The only question is why?

Exclusive: Meet the whistleblower taking a stand against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

He is a senior investigator and union shop steward who worked directly with Mkhwebane in the early months of her tenure. Now he has broken down a wall of secrecy to reveal explosive details of Mkhwebane’s alleged improper conduct – and of her battle against union officials who tried to hold her accountable.

AmaBhungane: looking back, rolling on

We’ve come a long way. And we have far to go.

State Capture 2.0: SSA agent confirms key details of whistleblower’s Public Protector affidavit

A key official confirms aspects of a whistleblower’s shock claims of improper conduct by Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and sheds new light on her relationship with the spy agency.

State Capture 2.0 Part 2: Mkhwebane ordered investigator to ‘remove information’ on Ace, Zwane in Estina report

Whistleblower blows the lid on how the Public Protector allegedly cooked the Estina investigation.

State Capture 2.0 Part 1: Spies instructed public protector on SARB report

Whistleblower reveals the SSA drafted Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s order to nationalise the Reserve Bank.

Ramaphosa Jnr’s blockchain belly-flop

The president’s hipster son is the brain behind a much-hyped AI conference – but is it the tech mini-equivalent of the infamously flopped Fyre Festival?

EFF Marshall Dlamini

Analysis: At EFF congress, keep an eye on money man Marshall Dlamini

Rumour of an EFF factional war has been swirling about in the run-up to the party’s elective conference, with headlines like “Malema Faces an EFF Rebellion” capturing a sense of the alleged internal ructions. One name keeps cropping up – Marshall Dlamini. Our previous reporting on his involvement in dodgy tenders may go some way to explaining his rise.

Geoff Makhubo: Joburg’s tainted mayor-in-waiting

Investigators — from the city and beyond — are sniffing at “city capture” deals where the ANC regional boss may be implicated. If he becomes mayor, what will come of those investigations?

Fleet company that paid Malema fails to deliver on Joburg contract

It’s a year since amaBhungane exposed how fleet company Afrirent funnelled money into a Malema-EFF slush fund – as it scored a R1.3bn City of Joburg contract. Now Afrirent is way behind delivering on that contract.

Iqbal Surve PIC Matjila

Analysis: How ex-PIC boss swallowed Iqbal Survé’s Indy lemon

Dan Matjila bent over backwards to forgive all the debts owed by Iqbal Survé’s media group – and then some.

Comment: Will the ANC stand up to Zuma?

Advocacy release: amaB and FM launch application to access Zuma’s tax records

We have initiated public interest litigation challenging two Acts’ tax secrecy provisions.


Dr Dan and Dr Survé mistreat the PIC

The perfidy of the two doctors – Dan Matjila and Iqbal Survé – is emerging from a matrix of court documents, evidence at the inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and other information obtained by amaBhungane.

Survé’s share ‘manipulation’: the smoking gun(s)

Pervasive suspect share trading by the embattled businessman may land the FSCA a rare slam dunk in its highest-profile share manipulation case yet. But Survé is crying conspiracy, again.

How VBS plotters helped kill another bank, this time in Namibia

Evidence is mounting that VBS aided another elaborate bank heist north of the border by producing fake paper trails and channeling stolen cash to fool regulators and auditors – ultimately leading to the collapse of yet another small institution serving the poor and vulnerable.

PIC wants to “investigate” Sekunjalo directors after liquidation

The Public Investment Corporation is sending out strong hints that it expects to find more than a financial meltdown when it winds up Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo Independent Media.

Advocacy release: AmaBhungane weighs in on CR17 dispute

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism has applied to join the legal fray between Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over the president’s failure to declare very large donations received by the CR17 ANC election campaign.

Update: Capitec clobbered in state capture payback case

A scathing ruling has lashed the bank for blocking a R500-million settlement for struggling Transnet pensioners. Instead Capitec used threats and misinformation to try preserve a 0.7% black-owned share held by alleged state capturers, the court found.

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Advocacy release: No to Steinhoff secrecy

AmaBhungane and Financial Mail join forces to take on corporate “cover-up”.

Another blow for Survé as auditors quit

Is Iqbal Survé’s ship sinking? His major financial backer sued him; he’s been raided; and now his auditors are jumping ship.

The great Samancor ‘heist’

A profit shifting scheme and other dodgy deals orchestrated by the “world’s richest Croatian” have allegedly been used to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars offshore out of Samancor Chrome. Now the Johannesburg high court is being asked to pry open the privately-owned mining company’s books as a first step towards a massive damages claim from its workers.