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When you investigate some stories, as a female journalist you do get unnecessary difficulties and threats. When I was investigating gangsters in the townships ... I got threats that a male reporter would not have gotten, like rape ... Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting and owner of Metical, Carlos Cardoso, was gunned down in Maputo in November 2000. The journalist was known for his criticism of both government and the political opposition in that country. Cardoso was killed after he began investigating the $14 million bank fraud case involving over a dozen individuals at the Mozambican Commercial Bank.
Company records and annual reports that are public documents can be reviewed to check company ownership, directorships, who sits on the company’s board, company registration and profitability. Review tender documents, the results of public tender processes and the relationships of people on tender boards for sources of interesting stories. Studying and comparing corporate and government budgets against actual expenditure is a good place to start when trying to uncover fraud or misappropriation of funds.
The controversy has not only pointed fingers at high-ranking politicians in Parliament, it has led to a government crisis where the integrity of fomer Deputy President Jacob Zuma came under the spotlight as South Africa for allegedly receiving bribes for influence, from companies involved in the Arms Deal. The Sunday Times reported (19 May 2002) that Yengeni, his “best friend”, Mcebisi Mlonzi, and a company called African Resource Corporation were being sued for not paying for the full-page Yengeni advertisements.
A watchdog's guide to investigative reporting : a simple introduction to principles and practice in investigative reporting by Derek Forbes.