Issue 1370 - 17 March 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • PIC report: Steinhoff deal reeks of 'collusion'
  • Prasa suspends 12 senior officials to root out 'corruption and fruitless expenditure'
  • Calls for Eskom to fire COO Jan Oberholzer for alleged corruption
  • How Lottery officials fibbed about their clean audits and then backtracked
  • Corruption-accused eThekwini boss given a week to say why he should keep his job
  • Systemic corruption in water sector could affect service delivery
  • And more...

PIC report: Steinhoff deal reeks of 'collusion'

Possible "collusion" between the Lancaster Group and former Public Investment Corporation CEO Dan Matjila was at the heart of a R9.4 billion deal involving the purchasing of shares in Steinhoff, the Lex Mpati Commission of Inquiry has found. Fin 24 -12 March 2020 - Click here

Prasa suspends 12 senior officials to root out 'corruption and fruitless expenditure'

The embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has placed 12 of its senior officials on suspension over allegations of misconduct.Prasa spokesperson Makhosini Mgitywa said the suspensions were in response to damning findings made by auditor-general and the public protector into alleged corruption at the rail entity over the past decade.Timeslive-13 March 2020 -Click here

Calls for Eskom to fire COO Jan Oberholzer for alleged corruption

Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer is a shareholder in one of the companies that allegedly defrauded the cash-strapped power utility of R139  billion in inflated contracts. Independent Online-15 March 2020 -Click here

How Lottery officials fibbed about their clean audits and then backtracked

The National Lotteries Commission has been forced in Parliament to retract its regularly stated claim that it has received several years of clean audits from the Auditor-General. Its latest claim of six years of clean audits — known as unqualified opinion — was made in Parliament this week when the Commission appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on Tuesday. The Citizen-13 March 2020-Click here

Corruption-accused eThekwini boss given a week to say why he should keep his job

Nzuza, who handed himself in on Tuesday morning, is the 17th accused in the ongoing corruption case related to the awarding of work to contractors for a 2016 DSW tender. Among his co-accused is former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.TimesLive - 13 March 2020-Click here

Systemic corruption in water sector could affect service delivery
 

Systemic corruption in SA’s water sector could hamper the state’s ability to provide the scarce resource to the country’s 57-million people, an NGO focused on fighting corruption in water worldwide said on Thursday. Business Day-12 March 2020-Click here

Kenya: 4 Convicted of Sh6 Million Fraud at Pensions Department

Four senior officers at the Pensions Department have been convicted of corruption-related charges involving abuse of office and attempting to steal Sh6 million by inflating amounts payable to retired civil servants. All Africa- 14 March 2020 -Click here

US prosecutors believe credit suisse is culpable in mozambique scandal 

US prosecutors are investigating Credit Suisse Group AG’s role in a $2 billion Mozambique corruption case and believe they have evidence of the Swiss lender’s culpability after three former bankers pleaded guilty last year, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Eyewitness News- 13 March 2020 - Click here

In World First, CRISPR Used on Patient's Eye in Attempt to Cure Genetic Blindness

A team from Oregon Health & Science Institute injected three droplets of fluid that delivered the CRISPR DNA fragments directly into a patient's eyeball, The Associated Press reports, in hopes that it will reverse a rare genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis, which causes blindness early in childhood.

Science Alert- 4 March 2020 -Click here