South African names emerging in the Panama Papers

The South African group scrutinising the millions of files leaked from off-shore law firm Mossack Fonseca is the investigative journalism unit Amabhungane. One of their investigators Lionel Faull talks about the names they have uncovered so far.

The four names released so far are Khulubuse Zuma, the Fidentia men J Arthur Brown and Graham Maddox, and KZN farmer-accountant Gary Porritt of high flying company Tigon infamy.

Those are the four names that have been published so far. The reason those four have come out, and not more at this stage, is they are either persons of public interest or these are stories of public interest. For example with the two notorious corporate scandals, we are talking about millions and millions that have been fleeced from South African investors, or trust fund trustees, and that is of course of huge public interest.

Lionel Faull, Amabhungane Investigative Journalism Unit

Faull says so far Porritt and the Fidentia men are the biggest names with a South African connection. Amabhungane will be spending time picking through the details to find out who else is involved in the files, but he says it is a complex process of digging.

We not just going to release all the South African names will-nilly.

Lionel Faull, Amabhungane Investigative Journalism Unit

He says his colleague will be releasing important and revealing information about Khulubuse Zuma's involvement on Friday which may show he is not as innocent as his lawyers have portrayed. It is linked to oil block concessions in the DRC changing hands off-shore, and, says Faull, it confirms a lot of the information their unit had already obtained prior to the data dump.


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