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.

Iqbal and friends

Iqbal Survé’s businesses seem uncomfortably incestuous, given that the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) is investigating possible share manipulation at all three of his listed companies.

Toilet tender stinks

Critics dubbed the Ekurhuleni R1.9-billion chemical toilets tender as Imoto Entshontsha Imali (the ‘vehicle for stealing the money’ or the ‘getaway car’).

SAPS wars update: KZN top cop post suddenly ‘vacant’, Cape general ‘earmarked’ for it

Factionalism and infighting in the police has claimed more scalps with big changes in KwaZulu-Natal and a shake-up on the cards for the country’s most gang-ravaged province, the Western Cape.

Xolobeni — the mine, the murder and the DG

A voice from the grave accuses Sandile Nogxina, a former director-general and now advisor to the mining minister, of betraying a community.

Malema ally has the world in his hands

Construction tycoon David Mabilu — who has a longstanding relationship with the EFF leader — has bought struggling weekly Sunday World.

Analysis: African gay bashing ‘a colonial import’

Some decry Botswana’s enlightened High Court judgement on gay sex. But studies show that homosexuality existed — and was tolerated — across pre-colonial Africa.

Fugitives hole up in Namibia

Palazzolo: Italian authorities target ‘mafia banker’s’ SA wealth

Vito Palazzolo, previously based in the Western Cape, was once viewed as one of the most powerful figures in the Italian mafia, Cosa Nostra, and was suspected of having ties to top local politicians and police. Now, after decades of chasing, Italian authorities are moving in on money linked to him in South Africa.

Forbidden Stories Part 3: Sand mafias silence journalists in India

The death of Jagendra Singh, a Shahjahanpur journalist, seems to be part of what is quickly becoming the history of repression and silencing of journalists by Indian sand tycoons.

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.