Corruption Wins in South Africa’s Top Journalism Awards

South Africa’s prestigious Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism were announced last week in Johannesburg. First prize was shared with GIJN member amaBhungane’s Susan Comrie and News24’s Kyle Cowan, with runner up named as the Daily Maverick’s Pauli van Wyk. All of the winning investigations centred around corruption and “state capture,” with Comrie winning for her Regiment Capital series — a financial services company involved with state enterprises including the South African Airports Company, South African Airways and Transnet — Cowan for his work on Bosasa, a company deeply implicated in long term and brazen bribery scandals with state officials, and Van Wyk for her work into South Africa’s tax revenue services.

Source: Wits Journalism

Posted on: March 31, 2019

CPJ Representatives Detained in Tanzania

CPJ’s Africa Program coordinator Angela Quintal and the group’s sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo were arrested and detained this week by Tanzanian officials. In a series of social media posts on Wednesday evening, Quintal, who is also a board member of South African GIJN member amaBhungane, informed her followers that she and Mumo were being detained. Quintal and Mumo are in Tanzania as part of a CPJ mission. According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the two have today been released back to their hotel in Dar Es Salaam, but without their passports. It is not confirmed whether their release without their passports means charges against them remain in place.

Source: amaBhungane and CPJ

Posted on: November 8, 2018

Journalism Panel Violently Disrupted

Last week an event held by South Africa's amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism was disrupted by a group of several dozen who sang, shouted and physically threatened participants and members of the public. AmaBhungane's Stefaans Brummer told a local radio station after the event that it was unfortunate that police, who were called to the site after the disturbance, stood by and watched instead of assisting. The event was held to discuss #GuptaLeaks, a collaborative investigation by amaBhungane, News24 and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio which further explores allegations of state capture and corrupt relationships between President Jacob Zuma and his allies and the controversial Gupta family.

Source: amaBhungane

Posted on: July 31, 2017