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the enablers-the bankers, accountants and lawyers that cashed in on state capture

Authors: Michael Marchant, Mamello Mosiana, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren

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Co-authored by Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations, The Enablers explores the largely overlooked yet extensive evidence of the role of the private sector “enablers” in state capture. The Enablers focuses on the role of banks, accounting firms, consultants and lawyers in facilitating criminal conduct that formed part of the state capture enterprise. The investigative report was also submitted to the State Capture Inquiry.


Authors: Michael Marchant, Mamello Mosiana, Zen Mathe and Leila Khan

The Bottom Line: Who Profits from Unpaid Pensions?

This investigative report is the culmination of a year-long investigation by Open Secrets into role of corporations in the erroneous cancellation of pension funds between 2007-2013. The Bottom Line focusses on the role played by the big corporations who administer these funds, such as Liberty Corporate and Alexander Forbes. The report also looks into the role of the regulator in creating an enabling environment for the ‘Cancellations Project’.

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Authors: Mamello Mosiana, Michael Marchant and Zen Mathe

Look Beyond the Bottom Line

Styled as a passbook, Look Beyond the Bottom Line hones in on the experiences of the individual pensioners covered in the Bottom Line. This booklet looks beyond the bottom line. It centres the stories of the most vulnerable members of our society, those who have been systematically and structurally precluded from enjoying civil and human rights throughout South Africa’s history

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for Heinrich Böel Stiftung Southern Africa's August 2019 issues of perspectives

Greasing the Wheels of State Capture: Corporations, Secrecy and Profit

 by Michael Marchant & Mamello Mosiana 

Any analysis of state capture is incomplete if it fails to grapple with the network of private actors that facilitates unethical, corrupt and other criminal economic activity. A narrow focus on the structural and institutional weaknesses in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the South African state risks ignoring equally institutional and systemic problems in the global financial sector that enable corrupt elements to spirit away ill-gotten wealth.

Read the full perspectives article here.


The pursuit of justice in Coligny is not just black and white

by: Mamello Mosiana, Jodi Williams, Ashanti Kunene, Nargis Motala, and Danielle Hoffmeester.

The Daily Vox, 25 May 2017

Five fallists unpack the pre-existing conditions and environmental factors that led to the death of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu, and the treatment of the farmworkers who were arrested for his alleged murder.

On the 8th of May, two white farm workers were granted bail of R5 000 each for the alleged murder of 16-year-old, Matlhomola Moshoeu in the town of Coligny in the North-West Province. Their version of events is that Moshoeu was caught stealing sunflowers and fell to his death while they were transporting him to the police station. An eyewitness maintains that Moshoeu was badly beaten up and deliberately killed by these two men.

Following the bail hearing, members of the community took to the streets, protesting against racism and in pursuit of justice for Moshoeu’s death. Conversations emerging out of these events highlight deeply entrenched and racist systemic issues that ought to be unpacked. A symptom of these systemic issues is the disproportionate and violent responses to Black childhood by white men. Recently, South Africans expressed outrage at the violence doled out on Black children by a white man at a Spur restaurant which begs the questions: Why is it that white men respond this way? Why are Black children denied childhood innocence?

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