Anatomy of a Bribe | Al Jazeera Investigations

Grant

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not really sure where this belongs - but a very interesting watch:

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit secretly films officials in Namibia demanding cash in exchange for political favours. It’s a story of how foreign companies plunder Africa’s natural resources. Using confidential documents provided to Al Jazeera by Wikileaks, . “Anatomy of a Bribe” exposes the government ministers and public officials willing to sell off Namibia’s assets in return for millions of dollars in bribes. Al Jazeera journalists spent three months undercover posing as foreign investors looking to exploit the lucrative Namibian fishing Industry. The country’s Minister of Fisheries is shown willing to use a front company to accept a $200,000 ‘donation’. Exclusive testimony from a whistleblower who worked for Iceland’s largest fishing company reveals that his employers instructed him to bribe ministers and even the president in return for fishing rights worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
 

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It’s amazing how great their covering stuff in Africa lately.. like really going after both sides.

What one needs to think about is this..
Nigeria = everyone knows corrupt.. mix of known dual parties and one side.

SA, Namibia, etc = known & unknowns.. ie you know it exists with gov.. but large international companies go unknown,

And then you have Botswana etc where it’s just on another level..
 

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Aah, so it's OK then. We make too much noise about it here... See how a country can thrive despite large-scale corruption.
Uhm no.. it’s the point at which corruption became endemic is different and of course the level of corruption.

So for the US the corruption is more prevalent in the last 40yrs post golden age.. kinda why their infrastructure is aging and where it prevents competition.. well that’s where u see big bribes to keep status quo. So very different type corruption.

Secondly their private industry has always been their strength outside of military industry.. so your corruption is more about access & control of market.

SA and most African countries are developing nations where the previous regimes had heavy government involvement in industry. Hence corruption is easier as it’s about access again but also skimming on infrastructure projects which is big spending needed in these countries.

To say the level of corruption is worse or same is tough because it’s not the same and relative to gdp the numbers are vastly different.
 

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Uhm no.. it’s the point at which corruption became endemic is different and of course the level of corruption.

So for the US the corruption is more prevalent in the last 40yrs post golden age.. kinda why their infrastructure is aging and where it prevents competition.. well that’s where u see big bribes to keep status quo. So very different type corruption.

Secondly their private industry has always been their strength outside of military industry.. so your corruption is more about access & control of market.

SA and most African countries are developing nations where the previous regimes had heavy government involvement in industry. Hence corruption is easier as it’s about access again but also skimming on infrastructure projects which is big spending needed in these countries.

To say the level of corruption is worse or same is tough because it’s not the same and relative to gdp the numbers are vastly different.
Whoosh.
Corruption is a global phenomenon... because greed is a human problem. I responded in italics to Saturnz pointless point.
 

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What about the president though didn’t they mention paying him via party.

Wish they did similar investigations in SA.. would rock gov and businesses here alike.
Yeah, that president definitely knew what was going down, probably threw his ministers under the bus to save himself.

While part of me despairs at this type of corruption, at the very least quick arrests have been made - I struggle to imagine anyone in the SA government being arrested with as much rapidity (or at all :( )
 

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Yeah, that president definitely knew what was going down, probably threw his ministers under the bus to save himself.

While part of me despairs at this type of corruption, at the very least quick arrests have been made - I struggle to imagine anyone in the SA government being arrested with as much rapidity (or at all :( )
Well what’s got them in a twist is the evidence.. pretty sure with the same amount of evidence the NPA would have an easier time.
 

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I really love how they just "step aside" and "resign" and avoid all forms of justice after doing so.

Kangaroo courts should really be brought in to make sure these corrupt pieces of filth are held to account for their crimes.
Three of them have now been arrested by Namibian anti-corruption authorities, our government could learn a few things....
 

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Three of them have now been arrested by Namibian anti-corruption authorities, our government could learn a few things....
Excellent!
Here's hoping they are found guilty and spend some hard time with some dangerous inmates and have their assets stripped!
 
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