White Collar Crime Seminar

Nortons Inc., in conjunction with the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and the Business Day, hosted a seminar to discuss recent developments in white collar crime and corruption. Local and foreign speakers from the private and public sector discussed recent enforcement trends and the impact of domestic and foreign legislation on South African and regional business.

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Date: Tuesday 4 September 2012
Time: 7:15am – 12:00pm
Venue: Glen Hove, 52 Glenhove Road, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg, 2196

Neren Rau – CEO, SACCI
Anthony Norton – Director, Nortons Inc.
John Oxenham – Director, Nortons Inc.
Willie Hofmeyr – Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions
Andreas Coutsoudis – Advocates Group 21
David Lewis – Executive Director, Corruption Watch

Speakers Biographies:


Neren Rau – CEO, SACCI
Neren Rau assumed the role of CEO of SACCI in June 2008. Mr Rau had worked at the Reserve Bank for seven years and headed the Financial Safety Net Division of the Financial Stability Department. In that role, he was responsible for financial sector continuity planning inclusive of identifying risks that threaten the broader financial sector, formulating contingency plans and crisis management strategies to deal with such threats and developing and enhancing financial safety net policies. Read more.


Willie Hofmeyr – Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions
Mr Willie Hofmeyr obtained his BA in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 1976, followed by a Masters degree in Economic History from the same university in 1984. In 1989 he also obtained LLB from the University of Cape Town. He was admitted as an attorney in 1991. In May 1999 Mr Hofmeyr was appointed by the President as a Special Director of Public Prosecutions to head the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the NPA. The AFU was established in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. It has the power to seize assets that are the proceeds of crime or that have been used to commit crime. Its main focus is organised crime, drug-related crime, serious violent crime and serious economic crime and corruption. Read more.


David Lewis – Executive Director, Corruption Watch
"As both a trade unionist and public servant at the competition authority, I’ve seen how public money and resources are squandered by both the public and private sectors. It is my privilege to work in this organisation to help protect these resources so they are directed to the very people they are meant to support.”
David Lewis, who chaired the Competition Tribunal for a decade from its founding in 1999, received his training in economics from the universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town (UCT). Between 1975 and 1990 he worked in the trade union movement, serving as general secretary of the General Workers Union and national organiser of the Transport and General Workers Union. From 1990, Lewis directed the Development Policy Research Unit, a UCT-based research group specialising in trade and industrial policy. Between 1994 and 1996 he was special adviser to the minister of labour and co-chaired the Presidential Commission on Labour Market Policy. Read more.

Andreas Coutsoudis – Advocates Group 21
Andreas completed his BCom and LLB at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), both awarded summa cum laude. He was awarded the Abel Torf prize for graduating as the most outstanding final year student in the Law Faculty. At Natal he was the president of the Debating Society and of the Law Students’ Council. He was also a member of the winning team at the 12th All African Human Rights Moot Competition, held in Cameroon.

After completing his LLB he served as a law clerk to Justice TL Skweyiya at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He went on to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. At Oxford University (Trinity College) he completed his BCL (a coursework Masters in Law), focusing on international law and comparative human rights, before going on to complete his MPhil in Law (which is a thesis based Masters; his thesis focused on immunity for officials who commit international crimes).

He practices as an advocate at the Durban Bar with a particular focus on constitutional and administrative law, regulatory law and commercial law.

He is the Assistant Honorary Secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Advocates.