2018: AmaB highlights

We look back at some of our investigations from 2018.

Survé's listing ship

Ayo execs blew whistle over Survé-linked conflicts of interest

A leaked letter makes damning allegations regarding the company’s corporate governance issues, including “a lack of professionalism”.

ANC city of Joburg

Jo’burg ANC leader scored millions from city contract

For more than a decade, financial services firm Regiments has managed billions on behalf of the City of Johannesburg. It is one of the city’s most lucrative but controversial contracts. New evidence shows that Regiments paid a top ANC leader millions to smooth its way.

Firm that won R1bn Jo’burg fleet contract paid Malema-EFF ‘slush-fund’

An amaBhungane investigation shows that before controversially winning a mega-deal from the city, a fleet firm made payments to a company whose account was used for the benefit of Julius Malema and his party.

Tegeta coal quality hopelessly noncompliant

Update: Gupta suitor loses claim to Optimum

Jewel in the Gupta crown slips away.

Behind coal tug-of-war, more Gupta strings

An obscure Swiss company fights to buy the crown jewels of what remains of the family’s SA assets. Are the Guptas trying to do a deal with themselves?

The NPA advocate and the 'grabber'

Shaun’s new job: Murder in Lesotho

Shaun Abrahams, the controversial former NPA head has been asked by the Lesotho government to prosecute a highly politically sensitive case.

The PIC’s ‘Dr Dan’ offers to go

After allegations, Public Investment Corporation boss Dan Matjila offers to resign … but wants to stay in charge while commission of inquiry investigates.

Cradle of conflict

In the Cradle of Humankind, a landless community divided over property rights is running out of options as it fights for space and belonging in a “landowner’s paradise”.

AmaB wins!

AmaBhungane reporters recognised for their work in the 2018 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Regional Awards.

Gupta

Guptas ‘tried to use front’ to extract Sahara assets

An attempt to sell two aircraft seems to have exposed the Gupta son-in-law as one of their patsies.

Yan Xie

Chinese business tycoon reveals how he helped fund politicians in Lesotho – but denies claim of state capture

Yan Xie has lifted the lid on his extensive generosity to Lesotho’s political elite, saying that he helped fund the prime minister’s lavish 2017 wedding and has donated money to ‘almost every party in the country’.

Markus Jooste

Steinhoff’s secret history – How Markus Jooste’s scam began

For years, former CEO Markus Jooste and his inner circle wove an intricate web of opaque deals hidden from shareholders.

The McKinsey dossier part 6 – five strikes and you're IN

McKinsey scandal widens to SAA

McKinsey and Regiments were already earning huge fees together at Transnet, but the SAA contract would become a trial run for a new way of doing business: the “100% at risk” model.

The insider: Booze, bogus invoices and a Range Rover Sport

Emails reveal the seduction of Acsa, SAA and Transnet treasury boss, Phetolo Ramosebudi.

How Numsa shop stewards splurged R200k

Numsa cornered by capital?

Intrigue and internal divisions are dogging South Africa’s largest union and threatening to destabilise the federation to which it belongs.

Crime watchdog shines light on the man the PIC entrusted with R1bn

Global Initiative researchers first heard about Momade Rassul, the man from whom the PIC bought 70% of a palm oil refinery, “when researching the heroin route that traverses several countries along Africa’s East Coast”.

The tangled web of the Lesotho wool war

A spiralling war between the Lesotho government and the country’s 37,000 wool and mohair farmers took an alarming new turn last week with the arrest of their association’s outspoken frontman.

Nuclear price tag set Nene against Jacob Zuma

The finance minister, his son and the Mozambican refinery

Siyabonga Nene asked the PIC to finance a huge investment in Mozambique. He did not get that for himself, but the state-owned fund manager seemingly bent over backwards for his business partner – not least by depositing millions into an offshore account.

Cleaner accuses Lesotho police of corruption, abuse and collusion in vigilante justice

Despite facing serious claims for being complicit in the alleged 2015 abduction of a Masotho woman from Lesotho to South Africa, Lesotho police have yet to offer any clarity on the matter.

Vavi harassment complaint ‘went nowhere’

An investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the trade union leader, was apparently held hostage to internal political machinations.