Broken trust at the Mvula Trust

In “Community Work Programme agent gave 300 contracts to brother’s company”, we reveal how a Community Work Programme agent handed R32-million in government contracts to her brother’s company. We also told you she did something similar before. Here’s what happened.

Poor patient “denied critical healthcare over Covid-19”

Yesterday, March 24, was World Tuberculosis Day. To combat the disease, the World Health Organisation has stressed the need for speedy diagnosis and treatment. Yet a state hospital allegedly wants to send home, without diagnosis, a hostel dweller who has been left semi-paralysed by suspected TB of the spine – apparently after an instruction to reserve beds for Covid-19 emergencies. A community activist tells Mpilo’s story.

Deloitte agrees to #PayBackTheMoney to Eskom

A member of the Big Four backs down in its court battle with Eskom over “ill-gotten” consulting fees, and agrees to R150-million settlement.

10 years of digging: amaB’s decade in the dung

How a little faith, a little sacrifice and perhaps more than a little endurance have helped us beat the odds and build a unique South African solution to the malaise afflicting media worldwide.

PIC: How years of digging paid off

We said it before. Now so has Judge Lex Mpati.

Shades of SAA as new Zambia Airways prepares for take-off

While the South African national carrier teeters in business rescue, there is a controversial attempt to relaunch its northern counterpart.

Advocacy release: CR17 – court kicks transparency question into touch

Ruling in president versus protector matter a setback, but the game’s not over.

New Joburg mayor could dig up dirt on Mashaba fleet deal

When we reported 15 months ago that fleet company Afrirent scored a big contract with the City of Johannesburg after paying an EFF slush fund, then mayor Herman Mashaba announced an investigation. It let the city off the hook. But Mashaba is now gone, and his defence of the deal is looking increasingly tenuous.

Businessman who captured Tshwane fleet department had a man on the inside

A tenderpreneur who paid apparent kickbacks to EFF leaders won a rigged Tshwane fuel tender, amaBhungane previously reported. It now appears that he also had help on the inside.

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Advocacy: Open letter to Bheki Cele, Rica victim

The minister of police is in the odd position of upholding the same spying system that targeted him.

Unisa turns a baleful eye on complaint of sex abuse

The woman at the centre of the David Masondo imbroglio is suing the university over a sexual abuse case, highlighting institutional failure.

Masondo’s ex-lover demands R1m for ‘wrongful arrest’

Decision not to prosecute raises new questions about abuse of state resources in deputy minister’s feud.

Advocacy release: Concourt to hear amaB’s Rica challenge

Our challenge to the abuse of the state’s surveillance capacity is coming to a head.

How Survé ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’

Iqbal Survé’s embattled businesses have quietly redirected money scored from the PIC, apparently to pay Independent newspapers’ staff, pay off luxury properties and channel millions to an ostensibly “unrelated” company whose directors give their addresses as one of his apartments.

Mkhwebane intent on destroying office of the public protector, senior official tells Parliament

A veteran public protector official is the latest to make damning disclosures over Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s conduct. She has repeatedly dismissed such allegations as the ramblings of disaffected staff – and did so again in this case.

Questions over contractors in Lesotho’s R2.4-billion stadium deal

Were political supporters favoured in a deal that was pushed through despite red flags?

Lesotho cancels ‘irregular’ multi-billion-rand guarantees for AU games stadium

Lesotho ministry of finance cancels R2.45-billion funding deal and slams obscure South African financier.

Grissag behind Lesotho’s R2.4-billion loan guarantee rumpus

Moneylender caught up in SA’s state capture inquiry is behind controversial Lesotho loan.

On the trail of the CWP’s orange gear

Supplying protective clothing to the Community Work Programme is big business. In the Eastern Cape, it appears, nepotism rules.

Advocacy release: In CR17 case, amaB asks the court to uphold transparency

We’re not taking sides in the dispute between the president and the public protector. But the gaping hole in the transparency fence must be fixed.