Issue 1372 - 31 March 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Corrupt late ANC MP owes state R1.1m, court rules
  • Covid-19: Eleven firms investigated for hiking prices during pandemic
  • The Mathenjwa story part 1: Community Work Programme agent gave over 300 contracts to brother's company
  • PIC report: Matjila wants to challenge findings
  • Three Eskom employees arrested after connecting customers illegally
  • [TEI OPINION PIECE] Covid-19 can be humanity’s ‘finest hour’
  • And more...

Corrupt late ANC MP owes state R1.1m, court rules

Yolanda Botha received R1,169,068.49 worth of kickbacks for signing off on multimillion-rand leasing agreements between her offices and Trifecta, the court found. The Citizen-28 March 2020 - Click here

Covid-19: Eleven firms investigated for hiking prices during pandemic

“We have had complaints about individuals and firms increasing prices unjustifiably. The consumer and competition commissions met and are now investigating 11 firms found to be selling products like face masks and hand sanitisers for high prices and abusing the situation,” trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. Times Live- 24 March 2020 -Click here

The Mathenjwa story part 1: Community Work Programme agent gave over 300 contracts to brother's company

The former acting national police commissioner and five other high-ranking SA Police Service (SAPS) officials Gabsie Mathenjwa, the chairperson of Umgeni Water and a former director of Denel, says she did not know she needed to declare the relationship when her company dished out contracts on behalf of the government. News24-30 March 2020 -Click here

PIC report: Matjila wants to challenge findings

The investigation into South Africa’s Public Investment Corp., led by a retired judge, concluded there had been "substantial impropriety" at the state-owned fund manager and found that the board had acted as a "rubber stamp" for Matjila. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who ordered the probe in October 2018, said he would now hand the report to the National Prosecuting Authority for further investigation. Fin 24-25 March 2020-Click here

Three Eskom employees arrested after connecting customers illegally

The three employees were caught following public tip-offs. These leads were later followed by an extensive investigation through collaboration between Eskom and the South African Police Service (SAPS).The South African - 20 March 2020- Click here

[TEI OPINION PIECE] Covid-19 can be humanity’s ‘finest hour’

Humanity faces a threat second to none. At the time of writing, there were 424,802 infections and 18,962 deaths due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19. With more than 197 territories affected, it is a global threat. Economies are being badly damaged as stock markets fall and countries effectively shut their borders. The effect is not just illness, but possible economic collapse and, in a worst-case scenario, social collapse. Daily Maverick-27 March 2020-Click here

Venezuela’s top judge was paid bribes for favors, spent millions in Miami, feds say

The highest-ranking judge in Venezuela — on par with the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — doled out legal favors to obtain millions in bribes paid through Miami and foreign bank accounts that he spent on chartered private jets, expensive watches and other luxury goods in South Florida, federal prosecutors say. Miami Herald- 27 March 2020 -Click here

Portuguese Judge Orders Seizure Of Billionaire Isabel Dos Santos’ Assets In The Country Amid Corruption Charges

Portuguese Judge Orders Seizure Of Billionaire Isabel Dos Santos’ Assets In The Country Amid Corruption Charges. Forbes- 19 March 2020 -Click here

Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

While the system currently works on neural patterns detected while someone is speaking aloud, experts say it could eventually aid communication for patients who are unable to speak or type, such as those with locked in syndrome. The Guardian-30 March 2020 - Click here