How David Masondo set the Hawks on his ex-mistress

The dramatic arrest last month of a woman accused of demanding a R300 000 bribe to stop harassing the deputy finance minister has a back story: an evidently traumatic abortion, and his offer to pay her the money for psychological treatment.

Brian Shivambu rocks up with R3m after pleading poverty

The EFF leader’s brother has had an astonishing reversal of fortunes. Early this year he could afford no more than R5 000 per month to pay his enormous VBS debt. Last month he suddenly had R1-million and this week he had another R2-million to throw at the problem. Where he got it, no one knows.

Statement: Why Malema should not get away with banning us

The EFF’s ban of amaB and DM threatens not only the media, but democracy.

‘Global terrorist’ Dawood Ibrahim’s lasting grip on SA

Men suspected of planning assassinations in their native India were traced to South Africa in 2016 – but where are they now and where are the police?

Pensioners’ showdown with state capture ‘architect’

Transnet pension fund sets out the A to Z of its exposure to ‘Gupta corruption’.

The barren Sahara: a lesson in money laundering

#GuptaLeaks records disclosed in new court papers shows the Gupta computer company made R122-million profit on a deal that cost it just R167.

Capitec

Capitec blocks state capture payback

A Transnet pension fund has accused Capitec Bank of setting itself up to benefit from state capture abuses by blocking a major settlement for Transnet pensioners. Capitec says it is defending its empowerment credentials, but the pension fund says it is trying to take unfair advantage.

Regiments Trillian Capital

R349m ‘stolen’ from pensioners in four days

After allegations emerged in court of yet another scam that Regiments Capital used to plunder a Transnet pension fund, Regiments directors quickly agreed to pay half a billion rand to settle all the fund’s claims against it. But Eric Wood, a former director, has gone to court to quash the deal, claiming his former colleagues are using the company’s money to save themselves, leaving him to face the music.

Goswami’s SA mandrax secrets

An international drug kingpin spills claims of hitmen, henchmen and high-ranking dealers.

Analysis: Ayo’s last stand

Technology firm warns of its “imminent demise” if the PIC’s R4.3-billion claim succeeds – but finds it hard to answer some allegations.

Lesotho officials’ cannabis ‘conflict’

Ministry ‘knew nothing’ of their links with UK multinational.

How State Capture Inc funded the ANC

Regiments Capital’s attempts to convert its political connections into contracts shows how money subverted the party.

Advocacy: Q&A with AmaB’s Karabo Rajuili on party funding transparency

AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Karabo Rajuili recently addressed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act. She focused on sections of the Act that impact the free flow of information and freedom of the media.

Analysis: Turmoil in Africa’s ‘model democracy’

Everywhere you look, there is back-stabbing, defections, grandstanding and chaos. Joel Konopo looks at the disjointed state of politics in Botswana as the election nears.

Analysis: The Public Projectile

The public protector has launched multiple warheads against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies. Are they on target?

Analysis: Tosaco, the deal that could sink Matjila

The PIC’s R1.8-billion loan to fund empowerment stakes in oil company Total was a good investment. So why does this deal keep coming back to bite former PIC boss Dan Matjila? Here are six reasons.

Cash cows and computers — Ace Magashule’s laptop deals with Guptas’ Vrede dairy man; Joemat-Pettersson’s Saxonwold meetings

#GuptaLeaks info implicates ANC secretary-general in a computer deal that ran parallel to the Vrede dairy scam — and suggests the then-national agriculture minister also played a role.

Update: Protests at Malema buddy’s mine turn deadly

A school pupil was shot and killed during a conflict which allegedly erupted between mine security guards and local community members.

Malema buddy’s mine leaves community reeling

A mine linked to Adriano Mazzotti, the controversial businessman and associate of Julius Malema, has left a rural Limpopo community reeling from infighting and violent protests. The traditional leadership is accused of hijacking the community trust and striking a deal with the mining company. It’s an all too common case of how permissive mining laws, disputes over customary law and the arrival of mining capital can create a toxic mix.

Another Gupta wedding brings shadowy in-laws into the fold

The infamous family’s latest mega-wedding has cemented ties with another clan already implicated in one of the Gupta’s more memorable ventures in South Africa. Now the two families are branching out in a big way.

News analysis: Battle for Cape’s police chief post intensifies in midst of turmoil

Major General Andre Lincoln is a contender to take over as Western Cape police chief. He currently leads the unit tackling gangsterism, the province’s most crippling problem, but Lincoln’s complicated history could see him ruled out for the top job.