an open secrets series profile series published on the daily maverick.

Unaccountable is an Open Secrets series published on the Daily Maverick. The series consists of profiles of large corporations and private individuals who are all implicated in economic crime but have never been held to account for these – or at best escaped substantive justice. The decision to focus on powerful private actors, implicated in large scale political corruption is a conscious one and mirrors the approach of Open Secrets.  Many of the profiles are based on Open Secrets’ existing and ongoing research.

00001: A very British apartheid profiteer

In the first article of the series, we look at British Labour MP, Margaret Hodge, whose family businesses profited from apartheid.

Liberty- Profit over Pensioners, is the second instalment of the Unaccountable profile series. The profile chronicles, insurance giant, Liberty Group’s role in the callous cancellation of over 6000 pension funds.

Dude Tshidi & The FSCA- Captured Regulator is the third profile in the Unaccountable Series. This profile looks at the role of the then chief executive of the Financial Services Board (FSB), Adv. Dube Tshidi and the FSCA in the erroneous cancellation of over 6000 pension funds. 

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions- Murder and mayhem in Yemen is the fourth profile in the Unaccountable Series. It looks at how South African company (RDM) has been allowed to supply Saudi Arabia and its allies with weapons — despite the humanitarian destruction the war in Yemen has wrought.

South Africa’s arms trade regulator has failed in its mandate to monitor the export of weapons to countries that, among other things, abuse human rights, or wage war against their own citizens. This begs the question, who will guard the guards themselves?