Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a supermarket tabloid: sex, betrayal, spies and smuggled cigarettes. Yet the turmoil at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has resulted in a very real crisis, centering on a deluge of illegal cigarettes which, according to a new report, have cost the…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Sierra Leone cracks down on corruption, APC officials arrested

Sierra Leone cracks down on corruption, APC officials arrested

In Sierra Leone, former vice president Victor Foh and former mines minister Mansaray Minkailu were arrested Thursday as part of new President Julius Maada Bio’s aggressive crackdown on corruption. Despite claims that the arrests are politically motivated, Maada Bio – the Sierra Leone People’s Party candidate elected in a disputed…

DA presses Ramaphosa to stop paying Zuma fees

DA presses Ramaphosa to stop paying Zuma fees

The Democratic Alliance (DA) party in South Africa balks at the idea of taxpayers continuing to foot the legal bill for former President Jacob Zuma, and has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to reconsider his decision to do so. “In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court…

Malawi’s Banda considers 2019 presidential run

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda plans another run at the office in the 2019 elections, if she’s elected as chairwoman of her opposition People’s Party (PP). Banda made the announcement during a political rally Sunday in Blantyre, one of more than a dozen she has held since returning to…

ICIJ investigation has West African corruption in its crosshairs

The launch of a new investigative journalism series has all eyes on West Africa, where the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has partnered with reporters in 11 countries to, among other things, track down money in offshore tax havens and expose the elite clientele connected to the funds. “Leaked…

SA: ‘Reasonable prospect’ of success as Zuma faces 16 charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face 16 charges on fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering tied to a 1990s-era arms deal that has haunted his political career for years. The decision announced Friday by National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams reinstates charges originally filed against Zuma…

Beijing fires back at Tillerson’s China-Africa remarks

China has fired back at the United States after claims by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing’s approach to African development is one of dependency and indebtedness. Tillerson, now in Ethiopia as he begins a five-nation African tour, made the remarks prior to departing the U.S. “We partner…