Issue 1385 - 30 June 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Popo Molefe says Prasa board was dissolved because of its investigations into corruption
  • Four VBS Bank, two PIC executives, KPMG auditor and SAPS lieutenant-general arrested in R2,7-billion VBS robbery
  • Government investigates National Lotteries Commission
  • Nxesi in hot water after R5.7m in UIF funds paid to one person
  • Pretoria to rebuke Botswana for pursuing Bridgette Motsepe
  • And more...

Popo Molefe says Prasa board was dissolved because of its investigations into corruption

The chairperson of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard on Monday that the former minister of transport, Dipuo Peters, had written to Molefe suggesting that an investigation the board had instituted should be halted because it had taken a long time, was costly and irregular. The Citizen - 29 June 2020 - Click here

Four VBS Bank, two PIC executives, KPMG auditor and SAPS lieutenant-general arrested in R2,7-billion VBS robbery

Under the guise of a legitimate business the men participated in a “pattern of racketeering activity”, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. This refers to the planned, ongoing, continuous and/or repeated participation or involvement of several offences which aimed to hoodwink the bank (and ultimately its depositors) out of their money. Daily Maverick- 17 June 2020 - Click here

Government investigates National Lotteries Commission

Patel’s letter says that DTIC received allegations of maladministration at the NLC. “When these allegations were brought to my attention, and in order to inspire public confidence in the institution, I requested an independent investigation on the matters,” he writes. Daily Maverick - 29 June 2020 -Click here

Nxesi in hot water after R5.7m in UIF funds paid to one person

Cardo said the UIF’s tardiness in disbursing benefits, is having a devastating impact on the livelihoods of millions of workers and their families. Last week, it was revealed that R5.7 million in UIF funds, intended for hundreds of workers impacted by the national lockdown, was paid to a single person. The South African- 29 June 2020 - Click here

Pretoria to rebuke Botswana for pursuing Bridgette Motsepe

Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo is to meet Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Tuesday 30 June to complain about the way Botswana is pursuing President Cyril Ramaphosa’s sister-in-law Bridgette Motsepe for alleged money laundering and financing a coup attempt against Masisi. Daily Maverick - 29 June 2020- Click here

Former French prime minister found guilty of faking a job for his wife

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife, Penelope, were found guilty of embezzling more than €1m for a fake job she held as a parliamentary aide lasting about a decade. Business Day- 29 June 2020 -Click here

Angola's Isabel dos Santos says she has been 'denied justice' in her corruption trial

Angolan billionaire businesswoman and former first daughter Isabel dos Santos on Monday said she had been "denied justice" in her corruption trial, after losing an appeal against an asset freeze.Sowetan Live - 29 June 2020 -Click here

Neptune Rains Diamonds, And Now We Might Finally Know How

Deep within the hearts of Neptune and Uranus, it could be raining diamonds. Now, scientists have produced new experimental evidence showing how this could be possible. Science Alert - 29 June 2020 -Click here