There are more than 100,000 names, nationalities, account information and detailed notes between the Swiss arm of Europe's biggest bank HSBC and its clients now out in the open, and, so far, Mail & Guardian reports the files have revealed how the vast majority of clients linked to African countries do not hold the nationality of their associated country.
But, writes Samantha Spooner in her Mail & Guardian report, "that was just the start. When looking at the amounts banked by a single client, the results were staggering. Eritrea - ranked 182nd out of 187 countries in the 2014 United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) report - topped the list, with a single client banking a whopping $695.2m."
At the current rate of exchange, that equates to around R8.1bn - that's right... R8.1 billion.