Analysis: SSA confirms suspension of ‘bulk surveillance’ following amaB Concourt victory

The spy agency has confirmed it has halted “bulk surveillance” – the mass interception of electronic communication – after the Constitutional Court ruled earlier this month that there was no law authorising it.

Sam Sole speaks to the Committee to Protect Journalists about amaB’s landmark court victory – “2008 surveillance was the tip of the iceberg”

South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, handed down a landmark judgment on February 4 that not only protects journalists and their sources from surveillance abuse, but also upheld a lower court’s ruling that the insidious practice of the bulk interception of ordinary citizens’ data and communication is illegal.

Nedbank recoils in light of state capture allegations

Following an amaBhungane exposé, the bank faces tough questions about its relationship with a key state capture enabler. It is largely staying silent.

Rica amaBhungne case

Advocacy comment: AmaB’s Rica victory — big brother can no longer watch us with impunity

The Constitutional Court’s ruling in favour of amaBhungane, striking down the unfettered powers of the state to individual and bulk surveillance of data and communications, is a major victory for our rights to privacy.

State capture: The case against Nedbank

In the saga of disgraced financial services firm Regiments Capital, one name keeps popping up: Nedbank. After years of digging, we can disclose that the bank incentivised the firm to peddle the bank’s financial products to public sector clients that Regiments was supposed to advise impartially. Together, they raked in hundreds of millions.

Soweto January 2015 Prasa

Commuters and rail industry feel the pinch as Prasa delays refurbishing trains

Despite having the money for maintenance and repairs, the passenger rail agency has not awarded contracts for several years, leading to a precipitous decline in train availability.

Advocacy release: AmaB wins battle against spying abuse as ConCourt declares bulk surveillance unlawful, Rica surveillance provisions unconstitutional

The apex court has confirmed amaBhungane’s landmark high court victory. The State Security Agency must stop bulk interception immediately, journalists’ sources must be protected, and you must be notified after you were bugged.

Advocacy comment: Proposed electoral law rolls back voting transparency — for no clear gain

The Electoral Laws Amendment Bill, intended in part to protect voters’ personal information, will restrict access to the voters’ roll and the information contained in it. The gains are negligible compared with the cost: a potential threat to democracy itself.

Iqbal Surve PIC Matjila

PIC looks on while ‘Survé Inc’ burns through state pensioners’ billions

Controversial newspaper owner Iqbal Survé continues to side-step the state fund manager’s efforts to reclaim the fortune that its former boss threw his way. Meanwhile ever more of the PIC’s cash is being spent propping up the Survé empire.

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Legal tug-of-war shutters one of SA’s richest chrome mines

A chrome-rich Limpopo mine remains shuttered while court cases rage on, leaving community members frustrated by the lack of work opportunities. Meanwhile, who benefits?

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McKinsey capitulates (again), will pay back Transnet and SAA R650m

The world’s most powerful consulting firm will return roughly this amount in consulting fees to Transnet and SAA, according to a statement released by the Zondo commission. The firm decided to return the fees after being presented with new evidence by the commission – but Transnet thinks it is not enough.

Update: Sars freezes R2.8-billion from Chinese rail company that paid Gupta kickbacks

The tax collector can breathe a sigh of relief after the court ordered a last-minute halt to the release of funds linked to state capture.

At a minute to midnight, Sars attempts to secure R4bn state capture loot

At a minute to midnight, Sars attempts to secure R4bn state capture loot

Days before the Reserve Bank must release funds it quietly froze to Chinese rail group CRRC, the taxman goes to court to preserve them and prepares to claim billions from CRRC based on evidence that it paid kickbacks to the Guptas.

How Geoff Makhubo lied to amaB

Johannesburg’s embattled mayor was grilled by the state capture commission last week after it was confirmed that his company received millions from a city contract – despite his earlier denials to amaBhungane.

At Zondo, EOH plunges ANC and Joburg mayor Makhubo into tender kickback scandal

New information at the Zondo commission has unearthed evidence that executives of the tech giant channelled questionable payments to the ANC – before and after it landed significant contracts with the city – and to a company controlled by current Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo.

Zondo Commission

EOH’s Mackay doled it out to Zizi Kodwa and other ANC officials, Zondo hears

Flamboyant tech firm executive Jehan Mackay made repeated payments to ANC functionaries over three years, the Zondo commission heard today [Wednesday]. An investigation commissioned by EOH found payments to the current deputy minister of state security, the then ANC Youth League treasurer and Jacob Zuma’s assistant.

How Lotteries officials tried to stop the rot — but were shut down

An explosive 2015 report reveals how the National Lotteries Commission’s chief risk officer flagged key governance issues that have since come back to haunt the commission. Instead of being heard she was hounded out and the report was buried — until now.

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Kamal Singhala far left, Varun Gupta third from left, Aakash Garg sixth from left, Ashok Narayan far right.

After state capture, Guptas and friends are flying high

Since the Guptas fled to Dubai, some members of the family have kept busy. Key to the next-generation Guptas’ international adventures is an alliance with another Indian business family, the Jalans.