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South Africa reminds the FCPA covers political parties

Tom Fox | January 29, 2018

The Man From FCPA has advocated that companies doing business in South Africa take stock of their compliance programs, third-party representatives, and business customers in that country based upon the ongoing corruption scandal involving the administration of President Zuma and most particularly the Gupta family. The investigations took an unusual turn when it was recently reported that the South African police raided offices of the country’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). While some will proceed with the facile explanation that the revolution is finally eating its own, The Man From FCPA draws a different lesson for the compliance practitioner.

The FCPA specifically applies to political parties. The African National Congress is therefore a covered entity under the FCPA. The 2012 FCPA Guidance states: “The FCPA’s anti-bribery...

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