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Africa: 2020 Q2 corruption and Anti-bribery report


The second quarter of 2020 has seen the globe continue to navigate the complexity created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These unprecedented times have sparked economic and political crisis across the world, while organisations seek to respond to an increase in cybercrime, and a resurgence of bribery and corruption risk as organisations move entirely online and as people adjust to work from home. Additionally, aid funding intended to combat the effects of the virus constitute a new target for criminals.

Executive Summary

The second quarter of 2020 has seen the globe continue to navigate the complexity created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These unprecedented times have sparked economic and political crisis across the world, while organisations seek to respond to an increase in cybercrime, and a resurgence of bribery and corruption risk as organisations move entirely online and as people adjust to work from home. Additionally, aid funding intended to combat the effects of the virus constitute a new target for criminals.


Locally, South Africa’s Government has cautiously sought to relax its lockdown restrictions, in an attempt to reignite the economy. The small sense of normality beginning to set in, has seen the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture resume its hearings on 29 June 2020. Additionally, the much anticipated corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and the Thales Group, is set to commence imminently. The country’s National Prosecuting Authority has also begun criminal proceedings against the eight individuals accused of racketeering, theft, fraud, corruption and money laundering, which ultimately lead to the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank.


Angola has seen Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, attempting to have her assets unfrozen following allegations by Angola’s attorney general of corruption. The Kenyan Government is in the process of implementing harsher corruption and bribery laws, in an attempt to curb corruption within the country.


We trust that you will find this edition informative and we remain at your disposal should you have any queries in this regard. Stay safe.

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By Darryl Bernstein, August 11, 2020, published on Global Compliance News

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