South Africa: HAWKS unit launches #Guptaleaks investigations

South Africa’s elite police service says its investigators have opened a case into the “Guptaleaks,” following the agency’s silence after thousands of emails were leaked to South African media outlets and first surfaced in May. The cache of emails – some estimates put it as high as 200,000 – are…

South Africa’s President Zuma: ‘I will not resign on my own’

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma vowed Wednesday to never resign, while speaking at an African National Congress (ANC) youth gathering in Durban. Zuma, who has faced repeated calls to step down from office amid questions of corruption, made his remarks during an Economic Freedom Lecture event focused on economic transformation. “I…

Report: Conflict diamonds from C.A.R. take Cameroon route to market

Conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) are entering Cameroon and the legal supply chain due to poor controls, smuggling and corruption, Partnership Africa Canada said in a new report. The report explores how Cameroon is failing to meet the Kimberley Protocol (KP) standards for certification to ensure that trading of conflict diamonds…

Zuma leaves Pretoria protests behind for Mugabe meeting

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma headed for Harare Thursday morning to discuss trade and investment with his equally beleaguered counterpart, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Zuma left behind thousands of protesters in Pretoria demanding his resignation following the release of the long awaited “State of Capture” report.  The investigation…

#Malawi corruption: Who bears the cost?

As British ambassador Michael Nevin leaves his four-year posting at Lilongwe, his recent remarks about Malawi’s future are disheartening. Nevin, who will be replaced by new High Commissioner Holly Tett, irked some Malawi government officials when he said the nation is significantly more corrupt now, and that the rule of…

Stability: what South Africa really needs in 2016

The recent release of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015 showed that has South Africa moved up the rankings by five places from 67th to 61st place. While this signifies a decrease in the perceived corruption within the country, the situation in the country still remains far…