Issue 1380 - 26 May 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Call for Zululand mayor to quit over graft report
  • R50m SAPS car branding tender revoked due to fraud
  • North West cops arrested for allegedly stealing confiscated cigarettes and alcohol
  • DA wants answers on HOD’s return to Sport, Arts and Culture Department
  • Lottery throws millions more at dodgy projects
  • US urges probe into alleged ethics breach by African Development Bank
  • And more...

Call for Zululand mayor to quit over graft report

Last week the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) tabled a forensic report into allegations of corruption and maladministration in the municipality. Cogta did not detail the nature of the allegations, but said a report was tabled during a virtual meeting. Independent Online- 18 May 2020 - Click here

R50m SAPS car branding tender revoked due to fraud

Two companies that had been awarded a multimillion-rand tender to brand police vehicles were found to have lied and made fraudulent misrepresentations in their tender bid. This was revealed by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Gauteng on Friday. Times Live - 22 May 2020 - Click here

North West cops arrested for allegedly stealing confiscated cigarettes and alcohol

Three North West police officers have appeared in court in the North West after being arrested this week in connection with the theft of confiscated illicit cigarettes and alcohol in two separate incidents.Independent Online - 24 May 2020 -Click here

DA wants answers on HOD’s return to Sport, Arts and Culture Department

This was the second maladministration claim made against Palm in her capacity as a senior departmental official. In 2012 Palm was implicated in defrauding the Department of Roads & Public Works of more than R47 million. The charges subsequently fell away. Polity - 18 May  2020 -Click here

Lottery throws millions more at dodgy projects

Several of these projects are included in an “independent investigation” by auditors Sekela Xabiso “into allegations of improper use of funds intended for good causes” according to adocument submitted to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry. Daily Maverick - 25 May 2020-Click here

US urges probe into alleged ethics breach by African Development Bank

Whistleblowers last month submitted a 15-page report to bank governors detailing alleged embezzlement, preferential treatment for fellow Nigerians in senior appointments, and the promotion of people suspected or convicted of fraud and corruption. Eyewitness News - 25 May 2020 - Click here

Italy arrests Sicily's coronavirus tsar on corruption charge

Sicily’s coronavirus emergency coordinator was arrested along with nine other people on Thursday on suspicion of corruption and rigging of health sector tenders while in his previous role, police on the Italian island said. Reuters- 21 May 2020 -Click here

Israel's Netanyahu goes on trial for corruption

He was indicted in November on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in three cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage. Reuters - 24 May 2020 - Click here

Scientists Detect a Flickering Signal Coming From The Heart of Our Galaxy

Scientists found something peculiar coming from the center of the Milky Way galaxy: a previously-unnoticed signal they think is coming from the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy. Science Alert - 23 May 2020 -Click here