At Community Work Programme, family and staff eat first

In the Eastern Cape, companies connected to the government-appointed agent are cashing in.

A multi-billion rand programme yet no protective clothing

Some Community Work Programme workers lack tools to do their jobs but are too scared to complain for fear of losing their jobs.

Who’s eating the Community Work Programme? Explore the data

Government spends R4-billion a year on the programme. But who is getting fat off the contracts for tools, materials, protective clothing and training? We want YOU to help us investigate. 

Cogta “asked SSA” to investigate journalist

While investigating government’s Community Work Programme, amaBhungane was handed a covert recording from 2017 of a senior government official claiming he asked the spooks to investigate collusion between contractors and a journalist. Their crime? Asking tough questions about a programme that government now admits is broken.

Who’s eating Cogta’s R13bn Community Work Programme?

Facing an avalanche of allegations, the cooperative governance department has quietly launched a forensic investigation.

Sasol dumps Survé

Iqbal Survé’s Ayo Technology Solutions already faces an existential threat from the PIC and now has to contend with a new blow – its most important client, Sasol, is running for the hills.

The dirt on Deloitte’s consulting deals at Eskom, Part 2

In Part 1 we explained how Deloitte received R207-million worth of consulting work from Eskom through a process that chairman Jabu Mabuza described as difficult to conceive of anything “less fair, equitable, transparent or competitive”. That senior Eskom employees bent and broke the rules for Deloitte now seems obvious. The only question is why?

The dirt on Deloitte’s consulting deals at Eskom, Part 1

Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting multinationals, took exception when South Africa’s electricity utility accused it of  “pure corruption” and demanded repayment of R207-million in consulting fees from the state capture era. It proclaimed its innocence and said Eskom had tried to bully it into a settlement. Now a deep dive by amaBhungane suggests it is Deloitte’s competitors and the taxpayers who should feel aggrieved.

Exclusive: Meet the whistleblower taking a stand against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

He is a senior investigator and union shop steward who worked directly with Mkhwebane in the early months of her tenure. Now he has broken down a wall of secrecy to reveal explosive details of Mkhwebane’s alleged improper conduct – and of her battle against union officials who tried to hold her accountable.

AmaBhungane: looking back, rolling on

We’ve come a long way. And we have far to go.

State Capture 2.0: SSA agent confirms key details of whistleblower’s Public Protector affidavit

A key official confirms aspects of a whistleblower’s shock claims of improper conduct by Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and sheds new light on her relationship with the spy agency.

State Capture 2.0 Part 2: Mkhwebane ordered investigator to ‘remove information’ on Ace, Zwane in Estina report

Whistleblower blows the lid on how the Public Protector allegedly cooked the Estina investigation.

State Capture 2.0 Part 1: Spies instructed public protector on SARB report

Whistleblower reveals the SSA drafted Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s order to nationalise the Reserve Bank.

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.