Ramaphosa Jnr’s blockchain belly-flop

The president’s hipster son is the brain behind a much-hyped AI conference – but is it the tech mini-equivalent of the infamously flopped Fyre Festival?

EFF Marshall Dlamini

Analysis: At EFF congress, keep an eye on money man Marshall Dlamini

Rumour of an EFF factional war has been swirling about in the run-up to the party’s elective conference, with headlines like “Malema Faces an EFF Rebellion” capturing a sense of the alleged internal ructions. One name keeps cropping up – Marshall Dlamini. Our previous reporting on his involvement in dodgy tenders may go some way to explaining his rise.

Geoff Makhubo: Joburg’s tainted mayor-in-waiting

Investigators — from the city and beyond — are sniffing at “city capture” deals where the ANC regional boss may be implicated. If he becomes mayor, what will come of those investigations?

Fleet company that paid Malema fails to deliver on Joburg contract

It’s a year since amaBhungane exposed how fleet company Afrirent funnelled money into a Malema-EFF slush fund – as it scored a R1.3bn City of Joburg contract. Now Afrirent is way behind delivering on that contract.

Iqbal Surve PIC Matjila

Analysis: How ex-PIC boss swallowed Iqbal Survé’s Indy lemon

Dan Matjila bent over backwards to forgive all the debts owed by Iqbal Survé’s media group – and then some.

Comment: Will the ANC stand up to Zuma?

Advocacy release: amaB and FM launch application to access Zuma’s tax records

We have initiated public interest litigation challenging two Acts’ tax secrecy provisions.


Dr Dan and Dr Survé mistreat the PIC

The perfidy of the two doctors – Dan Matjila and Iqbal Survé – is emerging from a matrix of court documents, evidence at the inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and other information obtained by amaBhungane.

Survé’s share ‘manipulation’: the smoking gun(s)

Pervasive suspect share trading by the embattled businessman may land the FSCA a rare slam dunk in its highest-profile share manipulation case yet. But Survé is crying conspiracy, again.

How VBS plotters helped kill another bank, this time in Namibia

Evidence is mounting that VBS aided another elaborate bank heist north of the border by producing fake paper trails and channeling stolen cash to fool regulators and auditors – ultimately leading to the collapse of yet another small institution serving the poor and vulnerable.

PIC wants to “investigate” Sekunjalo directors after liquidation

The Public Investment Corporation is sending out strong hints that it expects to find more than a financial meltdown when it winds up Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo Independent Media.

Advocacy release: AmaBhungane weighs in on CR17 dispute

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism has applied to join the legal fray between Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over the president’s failure to declare very large donations received by the CR17 ANC election campaign.

Update: Capitec clobbered in state capture payback case

A scathing ruling has lashed the bank for blocking a R500-million settlement for struggling Transnet pensioners. Instead Capitec used threats and misinformation to try preserve a 0.7% black-owned share held by alleged state capturers, the court found.

high court PAIA

Advocacy release: No to Steinhoff secrecy

AmaBhungane and Financial Mail join forces to take on corporate “cover-up”.

Another blow for Survé as auditors quit

Is Iqbal Survé’s ship sinking? His major financial backer sued him; he’s been raided; and now his auditors are jumping ship.

The great Samancor ‘heist’

A profit shifting scheme and other dodgy deals orchestrated by the “world’s richest Croatian” have allegedly been used to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars offshore out of Samancor Chrome. Now the Johannesburg high court is being asked to pry open the privately-owned mining company’s books as a first step towards a massive damages claim from its workers.

Analysis: When it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck …

Here’s why we think a Tshwane tenderpreneur’s R15m paid to EFF-linked companies was corrupt.

EFF fuel tender Tshwane

Tender comrades part 2: Tshwane tenderpreneur’s R15m ‘EFF tithe’

We present the clearest evidence yet that EFF leaders are taking kickbacks for contracts in cities where the party emerged as kingmaker after the 2016 municipal elections.

Advocacy: Civil society organisations gravely concerned with the chilling effect of persistent PAIA non-compliance

The ATI Network is a coalition of civil society and media organisations, who have since 2008 worked collaboratively to advance the constitutional right to information as provided for in the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000.

Update: Brian Shivambu finds another R1.5m to settle VBS debt

… but just who rescued the EFF leader’s brother remains unclear.

Tender comrades part 1: Trailing the Juju tractor

A tractor the EFF “donated” to supporters in Limpopo; the implausibility of an earlier alibi for payments to Julius Malema-linked Mahuna Investments; and a newly-revealed payment to another Malema company – the evidence is stacking up that the party and its leader took kickbacks from a massive City of Johannesburg contract.

Analysis: Inside amaBhungane’s landmark ruling on surveillance

The constitution sets the bar, but can our spies and our state rise to the challenge?