Extensive financial transactions between De Beers sightholder Julius Klein Group, its subsidiary Julius Klein Botswana and De Beers Global Sightholders Sales (Botswana) give a rare and fascinating glimpse into the diamond industry’s flow of capital, documents obtained by BuzzFeed and shared with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and INK Centre for Investigative Journalism reveal.
Botswana has no coastline, yet it is still exporting shark fins worth P17 million (R24 million) to neighbouring countries, including South Africa, according to the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN’s Comtrade database.
Botswana security agents on Thursday afternoon detained two journalists from the Weekend Post newspaper who are accused of taking pictures of an unmarked building allegedly belonging to the Directorate on Intelligence Services (DIS).
President Mokgweetsi Masisi has business interest in at least 10 companies with several highly connected businessmen of Indian origin, including controversial businessman and Choppies Chief Executive Officer, Ramachandran “Ram” Ottapathu, according to details gleaned from the Companies and Intellectual Properties Authority.
Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, placing the country on lockdown for 28 days from April 2.
By Kago Komane
Activists fear Botswana is increasingly becoming a haven for paedophiles and the sexual grooming of children because the government is failing to implement its own laws on the protection of the young. Their legal rights are minimal and the judicial system is failing to protect them.
Botswana’s decentralized authority, poor health care and skimpy safety-net will all make the coronavirus response harder to deal with. The uncertainty is high, according to health officials. KAGO KOMANE reports.
Botswana may be dangerously unprepared and incapable of wadding off the deadly coronavirus if an outbreak reaches the country.
A South African businessman accused by Botswana prosecutors of allegedly funneling tax-payers money out of the country’s central bank to offshore banks said he is being framed by a country that has turned into a banana republic.
It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily leaves office a year before the next general election). It was.