A top Scorpions official, Jeffrey Ledwaba, one of three czars heading the elite police unit, is being investigated in connection with allegations of the plundering of hundreds of thousands of rands from the informers fund. Ledwaba was put on "special leave" last week on the instruction of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli.
Vusi Pikoli's surprise appointment to the top job at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) followed shortly after a corruption probe prevented one of the leading contenders for the post, former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi, from being admitted to the Bar, effectively ending his bid.
Two companies with strong links to the African National Congress Youth League and the ANC in the Western Cape have emerged as beneficiaries of a disputed deal involving prime beachfront land. The City of Cape Town has sold the land to a hand-picked group of 17 empowerment companies, at least two of them either directly owned by the youth league or by major donors to the provincial ANC.
A number of senior MPs, including Joyce Kgoali, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), and African National Congress chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe, have business interests they have not declared to Parliament, as required by law. In some instances, the companies in question are doing business with the government or are planning to do so.
The announcement of a successor to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Bulelani Ngcuka is imminent -- within days, some say. President Thabo Mbeki is most likely to look inside the NPA for a replacement. It is an open secret that Ngcuka recommended one of his four deputies, Silas Ramaite, although another deputy, Willie Hofmeyr, may also be a contender.
A new probe into the finances of the Mpumalanga Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport has found that the department is riddled with rot. Now the Mail & Guardian has obtained a copy of a 90-page draft forensic report, the findings of which seem to suggest that the department has made no progress in cleaning up its act. The provincial minister has left, but the controversy continues.
A Scorpions probe and a lawsuit brought by rugby boss Brian van Rooyen have opened a Limpopo province can of worms in which tender-rigging and financial favours to the African National Congress and former premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi are alleged.
Mpumalanga minister for public works Steve Mabona's department is facing another investigation -- this time by the provincial auditor general. The auditor general's probe follows closely another investigation by a task team appointed by Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu.
The Scorpions seemed to be edging closer to Mpumalanga public works minister Steve Mabona this week when they arrested his head of department and two businessmen connected to him -- and claimed that a contract from which he had received R1-million was fraudulent.
M&G journalist Wisani wa ka Ngobeni received another top award this week. He was the winner in the print news category of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards 2003 (northern/southern region). The story was ''Shadow falls on Lekota'', detailing Defence Minister Lekota's hidden business dealings.