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Our Greedy Government

Let's make a list of all the corruption and unfair deals our government officials are involved in. The South African government are stealing themselves filthy rich while their own brothers and sister die of hunger. Very much the same as what is happening in Zim.

The SAPS and the 'dodgy' office deal
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will soon wrap up a probe into the contested R500-million lease of a Pretoria building by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The high-value deal, which involved the SAPS, the department of public works and a businessman linked to President Jacob Zuma, has been described as "shady" and "dodgy" in months gone by as it did not follow normal tender processes. Madonsela received an 11th-hour response to inquiries into the deal from police National Commissioner Bheki Cele on Sunday. Responses from the Treasury -- whose regulations were contravened -- the department of public works, and complainant Paul Hoffman from the South African Institute for Accountability were received earlier this year.
http://www.mg.co.za/article/2011-01-25-the-saps-and-dodgy-office-deal

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ICT 'forged Kumba application'
Johannesburg - Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) allegedly got hold of Kumba’s application for mineral rights and forged parts of it over the long weekend extending from April 30 to May 4 last year.
The falsified documents were apparently submitted with ICT’s application for the very same mineral rights that Kumba had applied for, but Kumba’s application had failed.
The rights were awarded to ICT at the insistence of Jacinto Rocha, the then deputy director-general for the regulation of mineral resources, despite recommendations from all his senior officials that the application should be rejected.
ArcelorMittal South Africa (Amsa) wanted to pay R800m for ICT’s rights, and had concluded a black economic empowerment deal worth R9bn with all the parties involved, all of whom have strong ANC connections.
A total 50% of ICT belongs to Jagdish Parekh, a confidant and friend of President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane. Kumba’s court documents argue that:
- The prescribed application form was not included when ICT’s application for the mineral rights was lodged at the provisional office of the Kimberley Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on May 4 last year;
- ICT’s application contains falsified copies of title deeds of farms on which mineral rights had been awarded, which had clearly been copied from Kumba's application;
- Prospecting rights awarded to ICT were on farms that were part of the Sishen property, but for which ICT had not applied. Kumba had in fact applied for mineral rights on this land, the remaining portion of the farm 468; and .........
http://www.miningmx.com/news/markets/ICT-charged-with-forgery-fraud%20.htm

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Zuma's son linked to Sishen firm
Duduzane Zuma (27) is, together with Jagdish Parekh, a director and shareholder at JIC Mining Services, a contractor mining company that mainly provides labour-broking services to mines. During the past two weeks Parekh has become a director of ICT and, according to him, owns 50% of this company. This means that Parekh now owns 10.7% of the mineral rights in the Sishen mine - the world's biggest iron-ore mine at Kathu in the Northern Cape.
http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Zumas-son-linked-to-Sishen-firm-20100418

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'Fraud could cripple SA'
"Behind every corrupt official, contract or tender there is a company involved in the process of corruption." This is according to Bart Henderson, president of the South African Institute of Corporate Fraud Management. Henderson said South Africans are becoming increasingly aware of how fraud is penetrating not only the public but also the private sector, and the crippling effect it has on service delivery and the economy.
http://www.fin24.com/Business/Fraud-could-cripple-SA-20091029

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AG names and shames state spendthrifts
Cape Town - The Auditor General's office on Wednesday named and shamed departments guilty of irregular expenditure in the last financial year, with defence being the worst offender. That department racked up more than R1bn in irregular expenditure, accounting for 43% of the government's total bill of irregular expenditure of just under R3.9bn in 2009/10. ...... Here the three worst offenders were the Road Traffic Management Corporation with R360m, the National Prosecuting Authority with R273m and the Property Management Trading Entity with R264m. The State Information Technology Agency accumulated R214m in irregular expenditure, and Cipro R95m. In both cases the full amount was attributed to flawed procurement.
http://fin24.com/Economy/AG-names-and-shames-state-spendthrifts-20101117

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AG questions CCMA's R22m IT spend
The Auditor-General has cleared the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) of fraud and corruption, but found the organisation spent millions on ICT procurement irregularly. The irregular expenditure was revealed by the AG's report to Parliament late last week, after it conducted an investigation into the CCMA at the Department of Labour's request.
Last October, the Labour Department referred the Commission to the AGs office, citing several concerns, including the appointment of service providers and the employment of personnel – including the risk and human resource managers – without proper processes being followed. The Auditor-General's report, completed last month and now tabled in Parliament, reveals the CCMA spent R23.6 million irregularly, because the proper procurement processes were not followed. The majority of this amount – approximately R22.85 million – was allocated to ICT expenditure.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35907

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Agency spent R106m on party
R100 000 for balloons, R60 000 for confetti and R90 000 for a headstone. These are some of the exorbitant payments made by the National Youth Development Agency – a government agency tasked with creating jobs for the youth – to politically connected businesspeople and artists for last December’s World Festival of Youth and Students.....
» A company owned by “kwaito king” Arthur Mafokate was paid R5.3 million for providing entertainment, including expensive balloons and confetti; » A company owned by Mafikozolo band manager Julius Mekwa received a contract worth almost R9 million for managing the opening and closing ceremonies; » Bitline SA, a company owned by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s well-known business associate Ali Boshielo, scored more than R1 million for providing bags, T-shirts and other paraphernalia; and
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Agency-spent-R106m-on-party-20111009

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All Expenses Paid
Businessman Panganathan "Timmy" Marimuthu, a close friend of suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele, with a conviction for drug dealing , and his family were paid more than R1.6-million from the fund in less than two years. An extensive trail of documents shows that:
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/2012/04/22/all-expenses-paid

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ANC could benefit from R1bn Capitec Bank bonanza
Free shares worth almost R1-billion in Capitec is what a consortium linked to financing the ANC has scored thanks to finance from two state bodies....Alongside a funding trust set up by ANC leaders, individual beneficiaries include Gugu Mtshali, the life partner of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Lotto boss Bongani Khumalo and Pilisiwe Twala-Tau, the wife of Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau.... The deal was simple. The consortium, assembled by a controversial ANC fundraiser, bought an empowerment stake in Capitec using funds provided by the IDC. Later, exploiting strong growth in the Capitec stock price, it sold just enough to the PIC to pay off all debt associated with the original purchase. The ANC and some well connected individuals now stand to benefit from the value of the remaining shares – over R950-million – in another instance of the ruling party acting as both player and referee. The party has hit flak in the past for investing through its front company, Chancellor House, in areas where government has a say......
http://mg.co.za/article/2012-09-28-00-anc-stands-to-benefit-from-r1bn-capitec-bank-bonanza

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ANC link to e-toll profits
Companies linked to the ANC stand to score from the e-tolling plan, heightening demands for the veil of secrecy over the contracts to be lifted. In the aftermath of Judge Bill Prinsloo's ruling last Saturday preventing the tolls from going ahead, political parties have stressed the need for greater transparency over the murky contracts that the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has refused to release publicly. Politically connected companies that stand to benefit from tolling contracts include:...
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/2012/05/06/anc-link-to-e-toll-profits

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ANC to bag R50m from Eskom deals
The ANC's investment arm Chancellor House will receive R50m over eight years in profit from the Eskom Medupi and Kusile power stations, Hitachi Power Africa said on Tuesday. "Chancellor House will only share in the profits of the local scope and it will not be billions... We are looking at about R50m over a period of eight years. That's the magnitude," said Hitachi Power Africa CEO Johannes Musel.
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/ANC-to-bag-R50m-from-Eskom-deals-20100420

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ANC's unpaid millions: Lawsuits just keep piling up
The company that held a major contract with the ANC for its January 8 celebration earlier this year says it is owed R10-million and the party is not paying. And subcontractors of the company that held the primary contract for the ANC's campaign ahead of last year's local government elections say they have not been paid in full. Documents in the Mail & Guardian's possession support this claim. Yet the ANC maintains that it lives within its means and that the only bill it has not paid is under discussion. This itself is in dispute, however. Details of the ANC's funding and the contracts it is involved in are hard to get. There is no obligation on political parties to disclose the source of donations or how much money they receive. In terms of contract disputes, the close links between the party and the government make for tight-lipped companies and individuals. "If you deal with government departments that give out business, just about everyone that makes a decision there is deployed from the ANC," said one source this week, after being pressed for information. "If I tell you things I'll be blacklisted. Maybe not on paper, but I won't be getting tenders, that's for sure."
http://mg.co.za/article/2012-03-23-ancs-unpaid-millions

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ANCYL lands a lucrative contract
A printing company linked to the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and partly owned by the league’s national executive committee member Ali Boshielo has landed a crucial printing contract with the Limpopo government. A letter from the Government Printing Works sent to Review Printers shows that the company was awarded the contract in March for “printing and supplying of general full-colour work in the Limpopo province for a period of one-year commencing April 1 2010 and terminating March 31 2011”. Documents in the possession of City Press show that the ANCYL’s investment vehicle – the South African Youth Development Trust – holds a stake of 30% in Review Printers.
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/ANCYL-lands-a-lucrative-contract-20100502

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Below-par managers cost state R4.1bn - DA
Senior managers in the public service cost the state R4.1bn and pocketed, on average, R811 235 a year while presiding over state machinery that barely reached half the targets set, the DA said on Tuesday. The reports showed that R4.1bn was spent on the salaries of 4 279 permanent employees on senior management level (levels 13 to 16).
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Below-par-managers-cost-state-R41bn-DA-20121016

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Borehole tender shame
Official papers in City Press’s possession show that more than half of the 100 tenders, ranging in value from R8 000 to R499 000, were issued to a list of beneficiaries packed with ­local ANC cadres and activists.
Mopani district municipality mayor Joshua Matlou, an ally of Premier Cassel Mathale and ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, was subsequently elevated to the party’s regional chairpersonship unopposed. An ANC local leader who refused to be named said: “Those tenders were for the conference. That is why that boy (Matlou) was ­elected unopposed.” The beneficiaries, including Desmond Mahasha, branch chairperson Phetole Molapisane and Member of the Provincial Legislature Pharephare Mothupi, got their share of the tenders less than a month before the Mopani regional elective conference last September. This has stirred up allegations that taxpayers’ money was used to buy votes.
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/Borehole-tender-shame-20100627

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Brekfis vir R37 m
Drie van die land se grootste maatskappye in staatsbesit dok miljoene rande op om sake-ontbyte van die Gupta-familie, boesemvriende van pres. Jacob Zuma, te finansier. ....Transnet het al R17,5 miljoen vir 18 ontbytsessies opgedok, Eskom het tussen November en einde verlede jaar R7,2 miljoen betaal om ses sessies (teen R1,2 miljoen elk) te borg; en die SAUK het die koerant nie ’n sent gevra om hul ontbyte regstreeks op SABC2 uit te saai nie. Vroeër is berig dat Telkom in die 2012-’13-boekjaar altesame R12 miljoen opgedok het om 12 van dié sake-ontbyte te borg.
http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Brekfis-vir-R37-m-20130119

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Bribery claims haunt deeds office
At least one senior official received bribes to speed up property transfers at the Pretoria deeds office, Business Report said on Tuesday. This is the latest fallout from the property drama involving the fraudulent transfer of 33 properties from the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) to private firms. Another 30 sites owned by the Tshwane Metro and North West Housing Corporation were also allegedly transferred fraudulently. According to Business Report, the "going rate" of R1 000 was charged for expediting transfers and R500 for inserting a transfer duty certificate after the lodgement of a deed. One official pocketed thousands of rands a day, the report stated.
http://fin24.com/PersonalFinance/Property/Bribery-claims-haunt-deeds-office-20100727

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Cipro clean-up flounders
Conspicuously silent is minister of trade and industry Rob Davies, who initially vowed to get tough with crooked officials at Cipro. Davies was hailed by industry observers and political commentators as one of the few ministers in government who was serious about stamping out corruption, and seen as a politician who would make a real difference for a change.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34838

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Cipro heading for parliament
Details of a controversial tender worth R153m for a new electronic content-management system for the beleaguered Cipro (Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office) will soon be aired in parliament, the auditor-general and trade and industry department have said. The tender, awarded to the unknown company VALORit despite it being almost R90m more than that of the JSE-listed Faritec, has been investigated by the auditor-general and an independent forensic team.
http://www.fin24.com/PersonalFinance/My-Business/Cipro-heading-for-parliament-20100411

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Cipro heads for implosion
The Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro) will implode if the Department of Trade and Industry does not take decisive action to clean it up, warn market commentators. Cipro is funded by the South African business community, which is charged fees and levies for services, such as name reservations and registrations, annual returns and sales of data on its database. In the last financial year, fees paid directly to Cipro amounted to R854 million, which was a decline on 2009's figure of R954.8 million. The drop was the result of a slowdown in economic activity in SA due to the global recession. However, Cipro has been slammed after being hit by several incidences of fraud perpetrated on its database, including the recent well-publicised hijacking of Kalahari Resources. The state of its database has also been questioned after a recent wide-ranging clean-up resulted in 750 000 companies being deregistered in one day.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37726&A=FIN&S=Financia

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Cipro loopholes exposed in R220m tender 'hijack'
A company that landed a R220m tender to install an electrical system for the Gautrain was 'hijacked' by politically connected entrepreneurs who exploited weaknesses in the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro), Business Times reported on Sunday. Business Times reported that Advocate Matane Mphahlele appointed himself director and managing director of Tension Overhead at Cipro and "suspended" the existing bosses.
"The 'hijackers' are politically well connected. Mphahlele served as a legal director in the Department of Public Enterprises, while his new directors include ANC member and National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) deputy secretary-general Kentse Makgae, and Limpopo treasury official Thomas Mphahlele," Business Times said in its report.
http://fin24.com/Business/Cipro-loopholes-exposed-in-R220m-tender-hijack-20100725

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Communications dept probes tender leak
Andile Ntingi- Johannesburg - A consortium of consultants could face fraud charges for submitting an unsolicited bid allegedly using tender information that the Department of Communications had not made public.
On July 22, the department laid a criminal complaint against the consortium led by Brenda Malongete of Malongete Professional Services at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. The case is being investigated by the commercial crimes branch.
http://fin24.com/Business/Communications-dept-probes-tender-leak-20100815

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Controversy surrounds Nyanda again
Mpumalanga's Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has confirmed media reports of a contract granted to Abalozi Security Risk Advisory Services.
The company, which is partly owned by the family of communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, has been under fire for a number of irregular tenders recently.
Media reports claim the department gave Abalozi a R20 million contract to investigate service delivery protests in Mpumalanga, without advertising the tender or seeking competitive bids. “The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs confirms that it entered into a formal contract with the said service provider.”
Head of communications for the provincial department Simphiwe Kunene confirms the contract was granted last year, but also says it came to an end around November.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35905

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Cope continues Nyanda probe
While communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda's spokesman says the issue over the minister's Cape Town accommodation costs is now over, Cope MP Juli Kilian says it is not and the party will prepare more questions. A written reply to Kilian's parliamentary questions, concerning Nyanda's accommodation in luxury Cape Town hotels and that of his staff and bodyguards, reveals the costs totalled R515 118.92 from April 2009 until March 2010. This is despite the minister being entitled to an official house.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32725

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Corrupt and greedy leaders keep Africa poor
Ian Mann: While it is obviously extremely difficult to generalise about a region comprising 48 countries that vary considerably in their economic and political circumstances, Dr Greg Mills does discern a common thread.
The main reason Africa's people are poor is because their leaders have made this choice. Mills provides bold examples of this assertion such as the genocide in Rwanda, the destruction of Zimbabwe's economy, the 2005 famine in Niger, the war in Darfur, Somalia, Guinea, Angola, Congo, and so on. And he cites the less obvious and less headline-creating, but no less destructive examples of policy choices that have capped Africa's development. Why has Africa failed to adopt the policies for growth that have proved successful in other parts of the world?
http://www.timeslive.co.za/business/careers/article626225.ece/Corrupt-and-greedy-leaders-keep-Africa-poor

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Corrupt execs caught red-handed
The South African Police Services' Hawks unit and the Department of Home Affairs caught Lefatshe CEO Coltrane Nyathi and Home Affairs' chief director of infrastructure management Nkosana Hilita in the act of “corrupt activities”, the organisations claim. This revelation follows news yesterday that Nyathi and Hilita are incarcerated on a charge of corruption, pending a bail hearing due to take place on Monday. Despite confirming the arrest of Hilita's subordinate, Zakhele Khuzwayo, on Wednesday evening, the Hawks are now stating that a “third person” was involved in the sting. Cash in hand A media briefing held yesterday in Pretoria by the two government departments revealed Nyathi, along with the “third person”, allegedly attempted to hand over R200 000 in cash to Hilita.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35865

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Cosatu demands reversal of Zuma deal
"Cosatu supports the call on the government to mandate the cabinet to intervene to reverse these seriously embarrassing deals," said a statement issued by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). "If they are allowed to stand, they can do the country no good." A R9bn economic empowerment deal involving ArcelorMittal SA [JSE:ACL] transferring 26 percent of its local shares to black investors including a consortium led by President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, has sparked anger in Africa's economic powerhouse. The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, the country's largest union that is under the COSATU umbrella, also expressed concern.
http://fin24.com/Companies/Cosatu-demands-reversal-of-Zuma-deal-20100818

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Crackdown on dodgy housing contractors
He said the top 10 dodgy contracts in each province were identified and narrowed down to 20. On average the contract amount is about R100m per contract. The national audit task team also probed housing syndicates and subsidy fraud in provinces and municipalities.
Since investigations began in 2007, R44m has been recovered from provincial and municipal officials relating to human settlement grants for service delivery. A total of R11m has already been paid back into state coffers and 1 910 government officials have been arrested as unlawful beneficiaries of subsidies. Zulu said 1 297 of these had been successfully prosecuted.
There was also increasing concern over housing syndicates, and investigations were under way into the selling and renting of state-owned houses primarily in Gauteng, the North West and KwaZulu-Natal.
http://fin24.com/Business/Crackdown-on-dodgy-housing-contractors-20100816-2

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Departement van openbare werk nie
* Die departement se eie ouditeure het in die 2011-’12-boekjaar R422 miljoen se onreëlmatige besteding in die finansiële state geopenbaar, maar die OG het tydens hul oudit nóg R906 miljoen se onreëlmatige transaksies blootgelê. Die totaal is R1,3 miljard. * Voorts het die departement R44,2 miljoen se nuttelose en vrugtelose uitgawes gelys, maar die OG het nóg R194?miljoen se nuttelose en vrugtelose uitgawes uitgesnuffel. Al dié soort uitgawes vir die boekjaar beloop dus meer as R238,4 miljoen. * ’n Verdere R24 miljoen se besteding was ongemagtig.
http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Departement-van-openbare-werk-nie-20121013

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Devastating corruption in E Cape health dept
Port Elizabeth - A forensic audit of the Eastern Cape health department has revealed "devastating" large-scale graft and nepotism. A total of 544 department workers were suspected to be ghost employees, after it was determined they had invalid identity numbers, the department said in a statement on Sunday. A total of 8 034 employees were directors of active companies and 929 were listed as suppliers for the health department. Of the 8 034 staff members, 235 had received payment of R42.8m from the department.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/More/Devastating-corruption-in-E-Cape-health-dept-20130203

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DG rejects R1.6m offer
Axed communications director-general (DG) Mamodupi Mohlala rejected a payout offer of a year’s salary of R1.6 million from minister Siphiwe Nyanda because she allegedly believed she was entitled to more than that.
Nyanda’s decision to fire her is said to have been endorsed by President Jacob Zuma and public service minister Richard Baloyi.
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/DG-rejects-R16m-offer-20100725

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Dodgy firm to protect courts
Bosasa Security is part of the Krugersdorp-based Bosasa group of companies that has benefited generously from a range of multimillion-rand government tenders over the past six years. Companies in the group are ­currently being investigated by the police for allegedly bribing senior correctional services officials to win lucrative prison tenders. Bosasa Operations, the group’s holding company, and affiliate companies Sondolo IT and Phezulu Fencing were awarded tenders to run prison kitchens, install security systems and erect fencing. In 2007 the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) started probing these tenders and in 2009 a final report was handed over to Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who sent the ­report to the NPA. In December 2009, SIU boss Willie Hofmeyr told Parliament they had found proof of fraud and corruption in the awarding of these tenders.
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/Dodgy-firm-to-protect-courts-20110108

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Eskom hikes: 'ANC to coin it'
There are "compelling reasons" to believe the ANC will benefit from Eskom's proposed electricity tariff hikes, a Democratic Alliance MP claimed on Thursday. Sejamothopo Motau said the ANC would earn billions of rands through its investment arm Chancellor House after a "flawed" multi-billion rand tender to build a boiler for Eskom at Limpopo's Medupi power station. "The array of information available now in the public domain provides compelling reasons to believe that the ANC will benefit from higher Eskom tariff hikes," he said in a statement. Hitachi, in which Chancellor House hold a 25% stake, won a tender to build the R20bn Medupi boiler in Limpopo in 2005. The ANC's share of the deal was worth R5.7bn.
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom-hikes-ANC-to-coin-it-20100121

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Eskom’s fat-cat salaries
The amount included a R4.7million reward to former Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga, who was paid for the seven months he spent in the parastatal’s employ before his controversial exit last October. Maroga’s successor Dames also took home R5.9million for his position as chief of the generation business, responsible for maintaining adequate coal stockpiles and uninterrupted electricity supply. The remaining four executive committee members received an average 59% cash increase on their 2009 salaries and short-term bonuses, totalling R5.3million, awarded both for delivering targeted savings last year and for Eskom’s R3.6billion profit this year.
http://www.citypress.co.za/Business/News/Eskoms-fat-cat-salaries-20100704

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Fat Cats
ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leaders are using their ­political connections with senior government ­officials and the heads of state-owned ­enterprises to enrich themselves through the league’s growing business empire. City Press has uncovered a scheme – hatched last year – that places new directors of the league’s controversial company, Lembede ­Investment Holdings, in line for a 30% share of all deals signed during their term of office. Documents and sources reveal that the scheme revolves around creating several ­companies to front for the league – and making a few individuals rich.
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/Fat-Cats-20100502

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Four municipalities probed for ‘R30m fraud’
News | Features Politics Homepage Sport Homepage Entertainment Homepage Lifestyle | Motoring Business Homepage Editorials | Columnists | Blogs | Cartoons Letters | Your Story News24 | The Witness | Rapport | Sondag ANC NGC | African World Cup Four municipalities probed for ‘R30m fraud’ 2010-10-11 16:55 * Article Tools o Print article o Email article * Share o Yahoo o Google o Digg o del.icio.us o Twitter Related Links * ‘Take councillors who abuse tender system to court’ Four North West municipalities are being investigated over fraudulent payments to companies for services that never took place, the Sowetan reported. According to the report, Special Investigating Unit boss Willie Hofmeyr briefed North West premier Maureen Modiselle in Mafikeng over the corruption in Madibeng (Brits), Greater Taung (Vryburg), Mafikeng and Ventersdorp municipalities............
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/Four-municipalities-probed-for-R30m-fraud-20101011

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Fraud suspect gave ANC R3,6-million
Embattled Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi, who is accused of bribing government officials for tender awards worth more than R86-million, donated about R3,6-million to the ANC in six separate payments. Savoi also confirmed this week a web of political connections and BEE partners whom he used to market his water purifiers and oxygen generators to the government. His networking, he said pivoted around Rafique Bagus, once Alec Erwins right-hand man and the man in trade and industry circles. According to Savoi Bagus ultimately handpicked Savois equity partners, who included Bagus himself and a virtual who's who of influential ANC and government figures.
http://www.mg.co.za/article/2011-01-21-fraud-suspect-gave-anc-r36million

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Govt on new gravy train - DA
Johannesburg - Government departments are riding a new kind of gravy train with their catering expenditure, the DA alleged on Sunday. Democratic Alliance Chief Whip Watty Watson said replies to questions posed in Parliament showed that the national government's total catering and entertainment bill since 2007/08 was more than R609.7m. "This is not what people mean when they say that government should put its money where its mouth is," Watson said in a statement. "This government would rather splash cash on cocktails and canapes than fund the delivery of basic services... It's time for President [Jacob] Zuma to trim the fat and spend public money on the poor," he said.
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Govt-on-new-gravy-train-DA-20120729

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Guptas under scrutiny
The Gupta brothers, friends of President Jacob Zuma, are embroiled in a saga over their eligibility to benefit from empowerment. Soon after the news that the Gupta brothers had acquired a part of the ArcelorMittal SA [JSE:ACL] (Amsa) R9bn empowerment deal last week, eyebrows were raised as to how Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, who immigrated from India in 1993, could be benefiting from black economic empowerment meant for South Africans disadvantaged by apartheid. The Guptas defended their acquisition of a share of the deal that is being allocated to local black people by the steel producer.
http://www.fin24.com//Business/Guptas-under-scrutiny-20100822

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Hawks arrest 'high-flyers' over fraud
Johannesburg - The Hawks on Tuesday arrested four people for alleged misappropriation of funds from the Land Bank.
The four, who are described as "high-flying", were arrested following an investigation by the unit, said spokesperson McIntosh Polela.
The four, who include a former Land Bank CEO and a former housing MEC in Limpopo, were implicated in an investigation relating to a sum of R14m that was transferred from the AgriBEE fund to a firm of attorneys.
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Hawks-arrest-Land-Bank-officials-20110301

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How did Guptas qualify for BEE steel deal?
The Gupta brothers, friends of President Jacob Zuma, are ­embroiled in a saga over their eligibility to benefit from empowerment. Soon after the news that the Gupta brothers had acquired a part of ArcelorMittal SA’s (Amsa) R9-billion empowerment deal last week, eyebrows were raised as to how Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, who immigrated from India in 1993, could be benefiting from black economic empowerment meant for South ­Africans disadvantaged by apartheid.
http://www.citypress.co.za/Business/News/How-did-Guptas-qualify-for-BEE-steel-deal-20100821

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How Jujus Mauritius wedding host made his millions
Property magnate David Mabilu, who hosted Julius Malema and a group of celebrities at his extravagant Mauritius wedding bash last weekend, made millions by buying land from one arm of government and reselling it to another.
The Mail & Guardian can now reveal how Mabilu has cashed in on public-land deals that have set the taxpayer back tens of millions of rands while officials apparently looked the other way. Mabilu did not answer detailed questions this week, but said the allegations were “defamatory”. In 2008 Mabilu's company, Promafco, concluded a land-swap with the Polokwane municipality through which he secured two lucrative patches of property in return for four farms. High five! A year later Mabilu sold one of the two patches at almost five times the price to the Limpopo local government and housing department through ill-fated parastatal Thubelisha Homes, netting an instant R20-million. And he scored about another R20-million by adding two adjacent pieces of land he had acquired privately and which were similarly escalated in value....
http://mg.co.za/article/2011-11-04-how-jujus-wedding-host-made-his-millions

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Huge Eskom fraud uncovered
City Press, sister publication of Fin24, can reveal that Gcabashe and his top management team have been sitting on a report, dated May 18 2006, that chronicles a collapse of fiscal control measures, including theft, kickbacks, fraud and apparent corruption in the communications division. City Press is in possession of a forensic report done by KPMG, an internal audit report prepared by group audit manager Christopher Palm and a set of internal secret reports, including an anonymous letter, detailing how Eskom was fleeced of millions in what appears to have been a "free for all" scam with apparent disregard for fiscal control measures.
http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Huge-Eskom-fraud-uncovered-20061014

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ICT founder linked to more disputed deals
PHEMELO Sehunelo, the advocate whose Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) turned Jacob Zuma's son into a multimillionaire, is at the centre of another two controversial mining deals, City Press reported on Sunday. Sehunelo, the former municipal manager of Kimberley, is the founder of ICT, which has controversially been awarded prospecting rights at Sishen, one of the world's largest iron ore mines.
http://www.miningmx.com/news/markets/ICT-founder-linked-to-more-disputed-deals.htm

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Institute slams ANC/Hitachi flak
The Institute of Directors on Friday questioned "unsubstantiated widespread criticism" of Eskom and the decision to award a tender to a company in which the ANC holds a 25% share. "The decision made by the Eskom board - a board appointed not by the ANC but by government as main shareholder in Eskom - should be respected as being a product of due process and having been made in the best interests of Eskom, not the ANC or anyone else," a statement from the institute's CEO, Lindie Engelbrecht read.
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Institute-slams-ANCHitachi-flak-20100122

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Khulubuse Zuma
Impinda, owned jointly by President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma and a Democratic Republic of Congo partner.
Impinda’s business is focused on shipping crude oils and natural gas. Khulubuse Zuma is also chairperson of Aurora Empowerment Systems, which last year took control of Pamodzi Gold’s two liquidated mines, Grootvlei and Orkney.
http://www.citypress.co.za/Business/News/Shipbuilder-buys-stake-in-Zuma-nephews-company-20100714-2

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Khulubuse Zuma bags DRC oilfields stake
Johannesburg - Controversial businessman and nephew of President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma, through his companies Caprikat and Foxwhelp, has gained access to two of only five blocks around the emerging rich oilfields of Lake Albert in the Democratic Republic of Congo to search for oil. These two blocks were last week unexpectedly taken from British oil group Tullow and handed to Zuma's companies. In a statement Tullow declared the awards a setback for Africa's reputation and said that it was absurd to give exploration licences in a sensitive environment to a company with no experience. Tullow added it had no doubts about its right to the blocks.'
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Kumba - 'Dis ’n bedrogspul’
Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) het na bewering Kumba se aansoek vir mineraalregte in die hande gekry en gedeeltes daarvan vervals oor die lang naweek van 30 April tot 4 Mei verlede jaar. Die vervalste stukke is glo ingedien saam met ICT se eie aansoek om dieselfde mineraleregte waarvoor Kumba aansoek gedoen het, maar wie se aansoek misluk het.
In hofstukke van sowat 800 bladsye wat Kumba verlede week by die hooggeregshof in Pretoria ingedien het, word aangevoer dat ICT se aansoek om die mineraleregte te bekom, gepaardgegaan het met ’n spoor van bedrog en korrupsie.
Konkrete bewyse is voorgelê om die bewerings te staaf.
ArcelorMittal Suid-Afrika (Amsa) wil nou R800 miljoen vir ICT se regte betaal en het ’n swart ekonomiese bemagtigingstransaksie ter waarde van R9 miljard met al die betrokkenes, almal met hoë ANC-konneksies, gesluit.
Altesame 50% van ICT behoort aan mnr. Jagdish Parekh, ’n vertroueling en vriend van pres. Jacob Zuma en sy seun Duduzane. Kumba se hofstukke voer onder meer aan dat:
- Selfs nie eers die voorgeskrewe aansoekvorm was ingesluit toe ICT se aansoek om die mineraleregte op 4 Mei verlede ingedien is by die provinsiale kantoor van die departement minerale hulpbronne in Kimberley nie;
- ICT se aansoek bevat vervalste afskrifte van titelaktes van plase waarop die mineraleregte toegestaan is wat duidelik uit Kumba se aansoek gekopieer is;
- Prospekteerregte wat aan ICT toegestaan is, is op plase wat deel is van die Sishen-eiendom, maar waarvoor ICT nie aansoek gedoen het nie. Kumba het wel aansoek gedoen om mineraleregte op dié grond, die oorblywende gedeelte van die plaas Sasha 468; en
- ’n Lys van voorgeskrewe dokumente wat by die aansoek ingesluit moes gewees het en nagegaan moet word, wys dat die aansoekvorm nie daarby was nie. Ses dokumente wat volgens die nagaanlys wel deel van die aansoek was, kon nie daarby gewees het nie omdat dit onderteken is ná die datum waarom die aansoek ingedien is.
http://www.sake24.com/Algemene_Sakenuus/Kumba-Dis-n-bedrogspul-20100827

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Leaders must burst out of their bling bubbles
From president to premiers and even local mayors, they all drive in chauffeured cars, live in relative prosperity and are cushioned from reality by flunkies and ­spin-doctors. All their needs are taken care of with multiple homes, generous salaries, cooks to prepare meals and child-minders – all provided by a set of ­ministerial perks that have remained unchanged since the venal apartheid system’s ministerial ­handbook which is like a guide to living in a bubble.
http://www.citypress.co.za/Opinions/Editorials/Leaders-must-burst-out-of-their-bling-bubbles-20100522

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Lefatshe, Home Affairs execs jailed
The appearance followed their arrests on Wednesday by government's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, colloquially known as the Hawks. Last night, Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed the arrests, revealing the three are to face charges of bribery and corruption. The charge sheet was not available during yesterday's appearance and the three men were remanded into custody as they await a bail hearing next Monday.
Little is known about Hilida and Khuzwayo; however, Nyathi's employment history passes through the halls of the State IT Agency (SITA) and he was one of three external advisors to SITA's bid committee on the controversial R153 million enterprise content management tender for Cipro, which was awarded to ValorIT. This contract is currently the subject of a court battle between ValorIT and the Department of Trade and Industry, and its awarding has resulted in the suspension of Cipro's CEO and CIO.
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35799:lefatshe-home-affairs-execs-jailed&O=ql

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The Mail and Guardian are compiling a list of business interests of our Greedy State President, Zuma Inc. Here is the list and please report anything you know to the Mail and Guradian at the link provided below.

"Here are the business interests of "Zuma Incorporated" -- of President Jacob Zuma and his women, children and other close relatives -- as far as we could identify them from public sources.

There are likely to be some inaccuracies, many gaps, as well as stories to tell about what exactly these companies do. Have they landed contracts simply on the strength of the Zuma name? Do they do business with the state? There may also be close relatives we have not identified. If you can help complete the picture, please click here to email your responses to the Mail & Guardian.

Jacob Zuma Business interest


Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa