Tshwane Capture

Tshwane Capture

The world’s third biggest metro municipality is still on a corruption ride to nowhere.

The DA-controlled Tshwane Metro Municipality still forks out millions of rands every month to pay service providers for contracts that are riddled with fraud and corruption.

The current DA administration inherited most of these contracts from the previous ANC dispensation. There is simply no value for money within most of these projects, and the DA’s attempts to cancel them have failed in most instances.

Klein Constantia and the two exhumed baboons

Klein Constantia and the two exhumed baboons

A primate murder mystery puts one of South Africa’s best-known wine estates on the spot.

Klein Constantia on the slopes of the Constantiaberg in Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most famously “green” wine estates. A WWF Conservation Champion, it touts its environmentalism widely. A 2015 book titled The Wine Kingdom – Celebrating Conservation in the Cape Winelands claims that it has “extensive soil erosion plans” and aims to build a cellar “that will be powered by solar energy”. It mentions that Klein Constantia “has also experienced serious damage to their crops caused by baboons, but today most of this problem is taken care of by using baboon monitors during harvest”.

Mabuyakhulu accuses ANC bosses of political interference

Mabuyakhulu accuses ANC bosses of political interference

KZN ANC deputy chairman claims foul play in R27m development scandal.

If claiming insanity is deemed the legal defence of last resort, claiming political interference probably comes a close second. The deputy chairman of the ANC in KwaZulu- Natal, Mike Mabuyakhulu, who is facing a litany of criminal charges for his role in the looting of R27 million from state coffers, now wants the world to believe he is being politically persecuted in order to keep him out of office.

But if Mabuyakhulu’s conspiracy theory is proved true, it is his own provincial boss Sihle Zikalala who is driving in the dagger – such is the level of intrigue in KZN ANC politics where the shadow of former president Jacob Zuma still looms large.

Rogue unit skills for sale

Rogue unit skills for sale

SARS spooks are (discreetly) at large again, with new clients and new masters.

Johann van Loggerenberg, former leader of SARS’s infamous High Risk Investigation Unit (HRIU) and Ivan Pillay, former SARS deputy commissioner and the Revenue Service’s enforcement supremo, have been linked to a shadowy company called Ukhozi Forensics and Consulting Services. And Ukhozi, it is claimed, has been working for a private security firm best known by its acronym BCPS (Basileus Consilium Professional Services), headed by the notorious Warren Goldblatt.

In addition, Anton van ’t Wout, cyber crime expert and former member of Van Loggerenberg’s HRIU, has emerged as a director of a specialist consultancy in cyberforensics and data analytics, named Forensics Consulting. The company also undertakes projects for Goldblatt’s BCPS, as well as for SARS, law firms Werksmans and Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, banks Absa, Nedbank and Standard, and, inevitably, KPMG. Van ’t Wout, 48, joined SARS and “Skollie” Janse van Rensburg’s embryonic and highly secret National Research Group (NRG) in March 2007. His designation was Specialist (National Enforcement) and he was on grade 7 with annual remuneration of R530,000.

SARS helps Mpisanes duck and dive - again

SARS helps Mpisanes duck and dive - again

The Durban-based tender tycoons get a helping hand from the taxman.

Over the past eight years, Durban’s infamous bling couple Shauwn and S’bu Mpisane, have tried every conceivable trick to outwit the taxman – from bribing officials and hiding assets, to frivolous court actions – all to stall for time. And it would appear that SARS has been only too keen to help them along.

As previously reported in Noseweek, SARS has already tried to help the Mpisanes out of trouble by scrapping a criminal investigation and waiving massive tax debt through the swish of a pen in unofficial meetings.

The Mpisanes – who incidentally are divorcing – owe about R141m in taxes both personally and through their various companies.

'It's complicated'

'It's complicated'

Noseweek takes a look inside the mind of one of South Africa’s political stalwarts.

On a hot February Sunday, Roelf Meyer stared out at the sparkling ocean from a hotel dining room in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town whilst trying to explain the politics of Myanmar, a country in which he’s been spending a lot of time.

Best known for his role in negotiations to end apartheid, Meyer now spends one week a month in Myanmar in an advisory capacity to the head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi. And it’s no walk in the park. Recently he visited the refugee camps in Bangladesh where about a million Rohingya Muslims live “in appalling conditions. with no services, nothing”.

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