She is presented as the richest woman in Africa, Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of the former Angolan president, José Eduardo Dos Santos, is accused of having carried out several lucrative transactions concerning in particular land titles, diamonds, oil and telecommunications during the 38 years of his father’s presidency.
More than 700,000 documents on the billionaire’s affairs have been leaked. Most were obtained by the Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
These documents have been investigated by 37 media organizations, including the Guardian and the Expresso newspaper in Portugal. They show how Isabel and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, were allowed to buy precious state property in a series of suspicious transactions.
Currently, the one who benefited from the reign of her father in power for more than 37 years, is in England where she also owns goods of astronomical value in central London. The couple have an estimated fortune of $ 2 billion distributed in more than 400 companies and subsidiaries in 41 countries, a property in Monaco estimated at $ 55 million, a yacht at $ 35 million and a residence in Dubai.
Corruption Watch chief Andrew Feinstein says the documents coldly show the indescribable exploitation of Angola by Isabel Dos Santos. Yet 30% of the Angolan people live in extreme poverty on less than $ 2 a day.
Isabel Dos Santos rejects all of these accusations which she considers as a will of the current government of João Lorenço, the new head of state to prosecute her at all costs. She speaks of “political persecution” and “false allegations”. In one way or another, the Angolan people demand accounts and restitution of their unjustly acquired property.