Four senior staffers have resigned from the South African NGO Coalition (Sangoco) this month, as the funding crisis at Southern Africa's biggest non-profit umbrella body deepens. Head office operations manager Mabalane Mfundisi and research manager Fayrana Shabodien threw in the towel at the weekend, amid reports that Sangoco has battled to pay staff salaries for the second month running.
South Africa's largest land rights movement, the 20-year-old National Land Committee (NLC), has been brought to its knees by ideological infighting, financial mismanagement and an exodus of member organisations. The crisis, which was set to be debated at an emergency board meeting on Thursday, has already frightened off the foreign donors who funded the NLC's umbrella structure since its inception.
Mpumalanga's Economic Empowerment Corporation (Meec) this week backtracked on a public pledge by suppressing a damning forensic report on fraud and corruption at the corporation. Meec chief executive Ernest Khosa, who is being probed in connection with a series of irregular multimillion- rand loans, instead ''questioned'' board directors on aspects of the report's findings.
The national government on Thursday ordered an urgent independent forensic investigation into 14 contentious deals in Mpumalanga that have cost the taxpayer R72,1-million. Chief land claims commissioner Tozi Gwanya has instructed senior independent property valuer Derick Griffiths to verify whether sales prices for the 14 vegetable and dairy farms in Mpumalanga's Badplaas valley were inflated or otherwise manipulated by land speculators and government officials.
Statistician General Pali Lehohla's taste for expensive houses, with at least four traced so far, has prompted a high-level corruption investigation into his affairs.
Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel has tasked the Public Service Commission (PSC) with discreetly probing Lehohlaâ€™s financial affairs to ensure that his property nest egg is not bankrolled by bribes or other irregular income.
Mpumalanga's hardline health MEC Sibongile Manana may have finally met her match. The defiant former nurse has endured a string of sordid corruption scandals and last week stunned commentators by surviving an open revolt by African National Congress legislators who branded her department a national disgrace.