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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

'Caught with their hands in the cookie jar

Jacob Zuma, former deputy president. Charged with two counts of corruption in connection with his relationship with Schabir Shaik.

Result: The trial will run from July 31 until November 30 next year.

Schabir Shaik, Zuma's former "financial adviser". Convicted on two counts of corruption, one of fraud.

Result: Sentenced to 15 years in prison on each corruption count and three years for fraud. Shaik has appealed.

Twenty-one MPs and former MPs and five travel agents. Accused of defrauding Parliament to the tune of R24-million in the "Travelgate" scam.

Result: Provisionally indicted for fraud, alternatively theft charges. The next court date is January 31 next year.

Jeffrey Ledwaba, Scorpions deputy director. One of several Scorpions officials alleged to have embezzled hundreds of thousands of rands from the unit's informers' fund.

Result: Ledwaba resigned, and the findings of an investigation remain unclear.

Nora Fakude-Nkuna, former Mpumalanga Economic Empowerment Corporation (MEEC) deputy chairperson. A forensic audit found Fakude-Nkuna granted a loan of R1,4-million to Interstate Clearing, trading as Bohlabela Nissan, of which she was a director.

Result: Fakude-Nkuna resigned. New acting MEEC CEO Phillip Dexter installed control systems to prevent misuse of public funds.

Donald McArthur, Alan Hiscock and Lloyd Hanson, directors of defunct Macmed, manufacturer and distributor of medical products. Arrested on charges of fraud amounting to R1-billion.

Result: Case ongoing. All three appeared in the Pretoria High Court last month.

Papi Mokoena, mayor of Bloemfontein's Mangaung council. Charged with corruption in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court after a Scorpions investigation.

Result: The Free State ANC's provincial working committee asked Mokoena to resign as mayor after he ignored an instruction to stay on special leave until the court ruling.

Max Mamase, former Eastern Cape agricultural minister, and his wife, Neo Moerane-Mamase, provincial housing minister. Arrested on corruption charges relating to the acquisition of a house in Bonny Doon, East London, from a property developer.

Result: Both appeared in the East London Magistrate's Court on March 18, and were released on bail of R20 000 each.

George Seitisho, manager of Plettenberg Bay's Bitou municipality. Admitted to misusing his official credit card.

Result: Seitisho apologised and was forced to repay the money, but has yet to be held accountable for other expenses he did not disclose.

Sandi Majali, boss of Imvume Management, an empowerment company with close ties to the ANC. Reported by the M&G to have effectively channelled R11-million from the state oil company PetroSA to the ANC before last year's election. Also named in the report by United Nations investigators as a beneficiary of Iraq's illegal oil-for-food dealings.

Result: A complaint about "Oilgate" has been lodged with the police, but no action has been taken. The justice ministry has been studying the UN report for some months, so far without result.

Denel. Being probed by the Scorpions in relation to an alleged R100-million bribe to a Saudi agent in a bid to land a weapons contract. The Scorpions are investigating whether part of the R100-million has flowed back into South Africa in the form of kickbacks.

Result: A legal battle by the Saudi agent to bar Scorpions access to his Swiss banking records is ongoing.

Stanley Soko, Mpumalanga director general. Court testimony revealed Soko received R200 000 in private payments from communications company Rainbow Kwela, which was awarded a R30-million government contract by the provincial government in June.

Result: Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla terminated Soko's contract.'

(Sam Sole, M&G Online, 23 December 2005)

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