Issue 1374 - 14 April 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • EFF Gauteng to lay fraud, corruption charges against Makhura, finance MEC
  • Mpumalanga ANC Councillor Arrested Twice for Allegedly Issuing Fraudulent Business Permits
  • Dodgy off-the-shelf companies cash in on Lottery millions
  • R30m express tender causes rifts as Gauteng defies Treasury
  • Lockdown: More liquor looting as 3 arrested in Stellenbosch
  • Zoom sued for fraud over privacy, security flaws
  • And more...

EFF Gauteng to lay fraud, corruption charges against Makhura, finance MEC

Gauteng’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they will lay fraud and corruption charges against the province’s Premier David Makhura and MEC for finance and e-government Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. The EFF said the charges were related to circumventing supply chain procedures by both Makhura and Nkomo-Ralehoko. The Citizen-9 April 2020 -Click here

Mpumalanga ANC Councillor Arrested Twice for Allegedly Issuing Fraudulent Business Permits

ANC Nkangala regional spokesperson Sello Matshoga told News24 the councillor, who cannot be named as he has not yet appeared in court, was busted by the police in Hendirna on Good Friday for a second time. He said the councillor was first arrested on Thursday for allegedly committing a similar offence. All Africa- 12 April 2020 -Click here

Dodgy off-the-shelf companies cash in on Lottery millions

The sale of shelf companies is a thriving multimillion-rand business in South Africa, with several big players active in the field. Dedicated companies set up and register shelf companies and then get the official paperwork sorted — including tax numbers and VAT clearance — before selling them off. The price increases the longer a shelf company has been in existence. Daily Maverick -13 April 2020 -Click here

R30m express tender causes rifts as Gauteng defies Treasury

Treasury supply chain head Basani Duiker wrote to Gauteng’s e-government department last weekend, telling officials there to cancel the contract because “the time given to service providers to respond to a request for quotes that was issued after business hours is too little [and] may render the procurement process unfair”. City Press- 12 April 2020-Click here

Lockdown: More liquor looting as 3 arrested in Stellenbosch

The number of incidents of liquor looting during the lockdown continues to increase following the arrest of three men who broke into a bottle store in Stellenbosch on Sunday morning. News 24 - 512April 2020-Click here

Zoom sued for fraud over privacy, security flaws

In a complaint filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, the company and its top officers were accused of concealing the truth about shortcomings in the app’s software encryption, including its alleged vulnerability to hackers, as well as the unauthorized disclosure of personal information to third parties including Facebook Inc.Fin24-  8 April 2020 - Click here

US Supreme Court to hear Trump taxes case in May

The US Supreme Court said on Monday that it will hear arguments by teleconference in May over whether President Donald Trump can continue to shield his tax returns from Congress and New York prosecutors. The Citizen- 13 April 2020 -Click here

Congo court denies bail to president's chief of staff in fraud probe

A Congolese court denied bail to the president's chief of staff Vital Kamerhe on Saturday, ordering his detention in jail for 15 days pending an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds for a government infrastructure programme. MSN News- 13 April 2020 -Click here

On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

The system works like photosynthesis, which plants naturally employ to convert carbon dioxide and water to carbon compounds, mostly sugar and carbohydrates. Plants, however, have a fairly low efficiency, typically converting less than one-half percent of solar energy to carbon compounds. Science Daily-31 March 2020 -Click here