Issue 1377 - 5 May 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Another man arrested in R53m City of Tshwane fraud case
  • How a R10.7bn ‘zero waste’ megaproject was buried by Limpopo’s Chinese deal
  • MUT vice-chancellor on precautionary suspension
  • Sisulu places Amatola Water Board under legal administration
  • R30k 'bribe' offered as more cigarettes seized during coronavirus lockdown
  • And more...

Another man arrested in R53m City of Tshwane fraud case

A second suspect has been arrested for fraud and corruption, amounting to R53 million, at the Tshwane Municipality. The 44-year-old man from Durban was arrested on Friday by the National Clean Audit Task Team of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI). He has been linked to the theft of R53 million from the City of Tshwane Municipality which was earmarked for the National Fund for Municipality Workers (NFMW). News 24 - 4 May 2020 - Click here

How a R10.7bn ‘zero waste’ megaproject was buried by Limpopo’s Chinese deal

“Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary,” he would have read to Mathale from the words on the screen, “to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Daily Maverick - 4 May 2020 - Click here

MUT vice-chancellor on precautionary suspension

The council of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has placed vice-chancellor and principal Enoch Malaza on precautionary suspension over allegations of procurement irregularities and issues around his relationship with some senior officials. Independent Online -3 May 2020 -Click here

Sisulu places Amatola Water Board under legal administration

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry of human settlements, water and sanitation said Sisulu had met with her advisors who gave her updated reports on “intensified processes applied to resolve the cases of irregular expenditure” within the department and “addressing the findings of the investigation in some entities” that fall within the ministry’s jurisdiction. The Citizen - 2 May  2020 -Click here

R30k 'bribe' offered as more cigarettes seized during coronavirus lockdown

Three people have been arrested in Lenasia, Johannesburg, in spite of allegedly offering a whopping R30 000 to get out of being caught selling cigarettes during the coronavirus lockdown. News 24 - 3 May 2020-Click here

Cop nabbed during sting operation in Pretoria North

The police officer was arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) after allegedly demanding a R200 bribe from a motorist who had contravened lockdown regulations.Independent Online- 4 May 2020 - Click here

Nigeria: P&ID - Govt Seeks Banks' Statements to Overturn Case

Bloomberg reported that the federal government has asked a Federal Court in New York for permission to subpoena information about transactions involving government officials, including former President Goodluck Jonathan. All Africa - 29  April 2020 -Click here

Qatar denies allegations of corruption in World Cup 2022 bid

Qatar's World Cup 2022 organisers have denied fresh allegations from the US prosecutors of corruption and bribery to win rights to hosting of the event. Al Jazeera - 7 April 2020 -Click here

Astronomers Find a Beautiful Six-Planet System in Almost Perfect Orbital Harmony

The star itself is about the same mass and a little larger than the Sun - a minority in our exoplanet hunts. It's "Our analysis provides the evidence for the existence of a highly polarised ocular clearance system that might have implications for our understanding of eye health and disease." Science Alert - 3 May 2020 -Click here