13 June 2017

South Africa: Operation Car Wash - We Should Take Our Cue From Brazil

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In case you were not aware, there is a major anti-corruption revolution taking place in Brazil and it would be folly if we South Africans did not take heed, learn some lessons and take from their experiences.

"Operation Car Wash", as it is known, is an investigation being carried out by Brazil's federal police and it has been judicially commanded by Judge Sergio Moro since 2014.

Operation Car Wash all started with a simple money laundering investigation. This soon turned to cover allegations of corruption at one of their state-owned companies (Petrobras), much like our own PetroSA and other parastatals here in Mzansi. I pause to remind you of the many shenanigans going on at our state-owned companies: a dubious locomotives deal at Transnet/Prasa, the continuous wastage of money at SAA; regarding Eskom, the less said the better (even the chairperson has now decided to jumped ship), and Denel is also implicated in dubious deals. In fact, these influential families here in Gauteng seem to spare none of our state-owned enterprises.

Anyway, the Operation Car Wash investigation is headed up by a small and brave complement of state prosecutors, with one judge, against all odds. The operation has included more...

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