22 March 2023 | 09:09 AM

#GuptaLeaks released to journalists worldwide

Key Takeaways

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, Daily Maverick, Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa have launched today an online facility for sharing a large data trove at the centre of an international corruption and money laundering scandal.

The #GuptaLeaks contain hundreds of thousands of emails and other documents evidencing how three businessman brothers, the Guptas, have “captured” political decision-making in South Africa, benefited from state contracts and allegedly laundered [billions of rands] [hundreds of millions of Dollars/Euros] offshore. The Guptas are friends of South African President Jacob Zuma and in business with his son Duduzane.

The scandal has reverberated internationally, implicating multinationals who facilitated or turned a blind eye to the Guptas’ allegedly criminal ventures.

These include reputation management company Bell Pottinger, which has gone into administration, auditing firm KPMG, consultants McKinsey & Co and software giant SAP. Authorities in the US, UK and Dubai are reportedly investigating.

The Daily Maverick’s Scorpio investigative unit and investigative non-profit amaBhungane have led reporting on the story in South Africa. The releasing partners feel that the data needs to be accessible to journalists widely given the potential for collaboration to expose the full extent of the wrongdoing.

Qualifying journalists will receive password-protected access to the data. Apply here:

Africa and Middle East: [email protected]
Americas, Eastern Europe and Asia: [email protected]
UK and Western Europe: [email protected]

Please include your name, publication name, contact details and a very brief bio. If a freelancer, please indicate likely publication partner.

About us
The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism is a South African non-profit that develops investigative journalism through its best practice, helping others do the same, and information rights advocacy.

The Daily Maverick is South Africa’s leading online daily and Scorpio is its investigative unit.

The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform comprised of non-profit investigative centers, scores of journalists and several major regional news organizations around the globe including Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (Pplaaf) is a non-profit organisation designed to protect African whistleblowers from prosecution. Founded by Advocate William Bourdon, it provides legal strategy and funding assistance to whistleblowers, initiates and supports relevant legal cases and provides research and advocacy on legislation.

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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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