Forbidden Stories Part 2: A damning photo holds a Swiss-Russian mine accountable in Guatemala

An investigation into the death of a local fisherman in El Estor came to a standstill as authorities turned their attention to the journalist who captured the man’s final moments.

Forbidden Stories Part 1: Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed globally after working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. There may be as many as 29 cases. CPJ is still investigating 16 additional deaths.

‘My Chinese university ordeal’

Malawian students complain of language headaches, inflation of grades and lack of academic freedom while studying on Chinese government scholarships. 

Challenge damns Lesotho water project

AD bigwigs feed on rural water project

Of the 133 companies hired to carry out various projects related to the rural water programme were operations linked to the Alliance of Democrats (AD) — a key member of the Lesotho’s ruling coalition.

Advocacy: The South African government’s thinking on surveillance law is regressive

At the heart of the problem is the country’s main communication surveillance law, the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (Rica). 

Advocacy: Spying case is start of SA’s privacy reckoning

AmaBhungane’s constitutional challenge to SA’s surveillance law RICA in court.

Leaked WhatsApps: How access to PIC execs may have facilitated deals

Leaked messages show how a little-known businessman, Lawrence Mulaudzi, gained an inside track with the PIC and its then-CEO, Dan Matjila, setting his sights on becoming a billionaire with pensioners’ money.

Malawi ballot paper deal sparks ‘suspicion’

Dubai firm embroiled in fresh controversy over high contract price, alleged contact with ruling party.

UK charity with ANC heavyweights on board accused of laundering Congo autocrat’s reputation

Former SA president Kgalema Motlanthe and ex-ANC treasurer-general Matthews Phosa are members of the Brazzaville Foundation’s advisory board.


How a South African hunting resort opened a window to Saudi crown prince’s business empire

An investigation that began with an obscure Limpopo game farm has uncovered a shadowy international network of proxies, offshore firms and shelf companies concealing the Saudi royal family’s wealth.

WhatsApps expose Floyd and the ‘Red Boys’

A series of cryptic messages suggest that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambvu used his political profile for financial gain. 

Update: My big fat Gupta wedding – the movie

A YouTube video reveals the extravagance of the self-exiled family’s latest wedding, in the United Arab Emirates.

Company linked to Ace Magashule scores big on Free State road projects

Did companies associated with the erstwhile Free State strongman have a stranglehold on provincial contracts? New data suggests some did.

SAPS Wars Part 3: Bheki Cele, Robert McBride and the mysterious Mr Marimuthu

What’s behind the fallout between Robert McBride and Bheki Cele – and the ANC? McBride’s testimony at the Zondo commission will answer some questions, but the back story goes back more than a decade.

Mutharika’s ‘abuse’ of police under fire

Police are deployed in their hundreds to guard the Malawi president’s huge motorcade – and they can stand for up to 16 hours without being fed.

Property developer rides the Jobs Fund train

Is it aid for desperate Diepsloot businesses — or a R1-billion stalking-horse for a rich developer?

Leaked recording captures ANC MEC’s rant over expedited delivery

An audio recording of a meeting between MEC Faith Mazibuko and her staff raises questions about electioneering and its influence on tender processes.

Rare Namibian hardwood trees face the chop

Efforts to curb deforestation in Namibia are facing opposition from influential politicians with vested interests in the local forestry industry.

Advocacy: AmaBhungane calls on parliament to halt finalisation of PIC Amendment Bill

In written submissions, amaBhungane has urged parliament to amend the PIC Act to allow for public access to records of the PIC’s investment decisions.

Krejcir’s ‘dirty’ police network

SAPS Wars Part 2: It ain’t over till the fat Czech sings

Claims by Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir show how the parallel power struggle of the Western Cape police services and the province’s underworld is rooted in the unfinished business of politicised police factions at a national level.

SAPS Wars Part 1: The blurry blue line between the cops and the Cape underworld

Cape Town gangs are fighting each other. So what’s new? Cape Town police are also fighting – and the two battles are disturbingly intertwined.