Advocacy comment: World Press Freedom Day 2021

Thoughts from amaBhungane’s advocacy coordinator.

Gwede Mantashe

Powerships: Losing bidder claims ‘blatant corruption’, fingers Mantashe ‘associate’

A jilted firm is asking the high court to overturn government’s appointment of preferred bidders for the supply of emergency power, claiming the tender process was “grossly and blatantly flawed, corrupt and procedurally unfair”. The lion’s share went to the Karpowership consortium, which has denied involvement in any impropriety.

Funder vs funder in R500m pots fiasco

Astonishing sums of public money were poured into a cooking-pot factory project which quickly sank under the weight of mismanagement. Amid the acrimonious fallout, the IDC – made to look foolish – has blacklisted a fellow development funder while court cases are mounting.

Prasa infected by a leadership ‘pandemic’ says furious former exec

The rail agency has been hollowed out by years of corruption and maladministration. Despite pronouncements on stabilising the “broken” entity the situation only keeps getting worse. Why? A former Prasa legal manager weighs in with a blistering exit letter which puts the blame right at the top.

Analysis: SSA confirms suspension of ‘bulk surveillance’ following amaB Concourt victory

The spy agency has confirmed it has halted “bulk surveillance” – the mass interception of electronic communication – after the Constitutional Court ruled earlier this month that there was no law authorising it.

Nedbank scandal in your pocket: Now for the ebook

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Update: Sars freezes R2.8-billion from Chinese rail company that paid Gupta kickbacks

The tax collector can breathe a sigh of relief after the court ordered a last-minute halt to the release of funds linked to state capture.

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.