Issue 1376 - 28 April 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Mkhwebane receives ATM’s complaint on R37m Beitbridge border fence
  • Dis-Chem charged for price gouging on face masks during coronavirus outbreak
  • Oscar dismisses nepotism claims over Cala quarantine B&B owned by MEC's daughter
  • SANDF opens fraud case against company supplying soldiers with meals
  • Government database to track all public servants accused of fraud and corruption
  • And more...

Mkhwebane receives ATM’s complaint on R37m Beitbridge border fence

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has received a complaint from the African Transformation Movement (ATM) to investigate the alleged maladministration and procurement irregularities regarding the R37 million Beitbridge border fence. The Citizen- 26  April 2020 -Click here

Dis-Chem charged for price gouging on face masks during coronavirus outbreak

The Competition Commission has referred pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for excessive pricing during the coronavirus outbreak, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Fin 24- 23 April 2020 - Click here

Oscar dismisses nepotism claims over Cala quarantine B&B owned by MEC's daughter

A politically connected Eastern Cape businesswoman’s lodge was apparently handpicked and used as a quarantine facility for people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Cacadu. Dispatch Live -18 April 2020 -Click here

SANDF opens fraud case against company supplying soldiers with meals

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has opened a fraud case against a company called SERAC with the military police in Pretoria. The company, which makes ready-to-eat meals, allegedly supplied theSANDF with expired ration packs. SANDF members have been deployed across the country to assist the police to manage the coronavirus lockdown regulations. SABC News - 25 April 2020 -Click here

Government database to track all public servants accused of fraud and corruption

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) says it will build a disciplinary database that will track and monitor all government officials and public servants under investigation for fraud and corruption. Business Tech - 22 April 2020- Click here

Men from 'funeral parlour' bust in KZN while ferrying 80kg of dagga in a coffin

“They have been charged with possession of dagga, fraud, and contravening the regulations of the Disaster Management Act.” Both men are expected to appear in court soon. Times Live-  25 April 2020 - Click here

Sudan: Govt Seizes Assets of Islamic Movement Leaders

Sudan's Anti-Corruption Committee has confiscated 79 real estate properties that were illegally acquired by leading members of the country's Islamic movement during the regime of ousted President Omar Al Bashir. All Africa- 24  April 2020 -Click here

European police foil coronavirus scam after Germany duped out of 10M masks

European police have thwarted an international coronavirus mask scheme that would have cheated Germany out of millions of euros by selling the hard-hit nation non-existent masks, authorities said Tuesday. Fox News - 15 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 orbited by six planets: a super-Earth and five mini-Neptunes. Science Alert - 20 April 2020 -Click here