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City law firm Hogan Lovells accused of ‘whitewash’ investigation into South African government corruption

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In response to previous criticism of its investigation into SARS, Hogan Lovells has said its scope was “limited to identifying whether any misconduct had been committed by Mr Makwakwa and Ms ­Elskie as employees of SARS”.

“It did not seek to directly investigate the financial transactions identified by the FIC. We understand that all criminal-related allegations arising from the FIC report were referred to the relevant authorities for investigation,” it added. Hogan Lovells said SARS conducted its own internal disciplinary procedures after its report, which acquitted Mr Makwakwa of all charges.

An SRA spokesman said: “We take all complaints seriously and will look at any evidence given to us about alleged misconduct.” 

The Gupta brothers and Mr Zuma have repeatedly strongly denied wrongdoing and said they are the victims of a “politically motivated witch-hunt”. Last week, Coca-Cola’s South African businesses and energy giant Sasol said they would not award new business to McKinsey until a corruption inquiry into its work was concluded.

McKinsey has previously apologised for making “several errors of judgment” in its work with firms linked to the Gupta family but said it has found no evidence of corruption or bribery.

HSBC and Standard Chartered said they had shut accounts they believe are linked to the Guptas and are committed to combating financial crime.



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