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.

Malawi ballot paper deal sparks ‘suspicion’

Dubai firm embroiled in fresh controversy over high contract price, alleged contact with ruling party.

UK charity with ANC heavyweights on board accused of laundering Congo autocrat’s reputation

Former SA president Kgalema Motlanthe and ex-ANC treasurer-general Matthews Phosa are members of the Brazzaville Foundation’s advisory board.

How a South African hunting resort opened a window to Saudi crown prince’s business empire

An investigation that began with an obscure Limpopo game farm has uncovered a shadowy international network of proxies, offshore firms and shelf companies concealing the Saudi royal family’s wealth.

WhatsApps expose Floyd and the ‘Red Boys’

A series of cryptic messages suggest that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambvu used his political profile for financial gain. 

Update: My big fat Gupta wedding – the movie

A YouTube video reveals the extravagance of the self-exiled family’s latest wedding, in the United Arab Emirates.

Company linked to Ace Magashule scores big on Free State road projects

Did companies associated with the erstwhile Free State strongman have a stranglehold on provincial contracts? New data suggests some did.

SAPS Wars Part 3: Bheki Cele, Robert McBride and the mysterious Mr Marimuthu

What’s behind the fallout between Robert McBride and Bheki Cele – and the ANC? McBride’s testimony at the Zondo commission will answer some questions, but the back story goes back more than a decade.

Mutharika’s ‘abuse’ of police under fire

Police are deployed in their hundreds to guard the Malawi president’s huge motorcade – and they can stand for up to 16 hours without being fed.

Property developer rides the Jobs Fund train

Is it aid for desperate Diepsloot businesses — or a R1-billion stalking-horse for a rich developer?

Leaked recording captures ANC MEC’s rant over expedited delivery

An audio recording of a meeting between MEC Faith Mazibuko and her staff raises questions about electioneering and its influence on tender processes.

Rare Namibian hardwood trees face the chop

Efforts to curb deforestation in Namibia are facing opposition from influential politicians with vested interests in the local forestry industry.

Advocacy: AmaBhungane calls on parliament to halt finalisation of PIC Amendment Bill

In written submissions, amaBhungane has urged parliament to amend the PIC Act to allow for public access to records of the PIC’s investment decisions.

Krejcir’s ‘dirty’ police network

SAPS Wars Part 2: It ain’t over till the fat Czech sings

Claims by Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir show how the parallel power struggle of the Western Cape police services and the province’s underworld is rooted in the unfinished business of politicised police factions at a national level.

SAPS Wars Part 1: The blurry blue line between the cops and the Cape underworld

Cape Town gangs are fighting each other. So what’s new? Cape Town police are also fighting – and the two battles are disturbingly intertwined.

ANC gambles on Twitter influencers

The party of liberation appears to have bought into the fake politics of paid Twitter, an amaBhungane investigation has found.

Comment: Sam Sole sets the record straight

AmaBhungane managing partner responds to personal attacks from Independent Newspapers boss Iqbal Survé and his Business Report editor, Adri Senekal-De Wet.

Company shareholders' information: Privacy vs public's right to information

Advocacy: A call for disclosure of beneficial owners 

The current Companies Amendment Bill revision offers an “ideal opportunity” to include a beneficial ownership disclosure.

‘Stiff drink’ scandal hits Zambia

A leaked letter shows that Zambia’s medicines regulator knew of potentially dangerous levels of anti-impotence drug Viagra in a Zambian-made energy drink.

Guptas drop millions on double wedding

While the Guptas’ former mine workers go unpaid, the family – sitting safe in Dubai – is defiantly going ahead with another over-the-top wedding.

Controversial sackings in Zambia’s health sector spark political rumours

Health minister Chitalu Chilufya fired two members of the Health Professions Council of Zambia allegedly because the oversight body’s threats to shut down government hospitals — for major violations — is undermining the ruling party’s popularity with voters.

Cost of extravagant eSwatini project ‘quadrupled to R4.8bn’

The signs are that like the recently constructed King Mswati III Airport, the ICC complex — built for an AU summit unlikely to happen — will turn out to be a facility eSwatini neither needs nor can afford.