Azarrah Karim | 12 October 2019 | While the state capture commission of inquiry delves deeper and deeper into the web of capture, sourcing the culprits between factional battles, those who were most affected by the crimes believe they are being sidelined. The Civil Society Working Group on State Capture held a people’s hearing at the…
The Judicial Commission into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State was established in terms of Proclamation No.3 of 2018, as published in Gazette No. 41403 of 25 January 2018. The hearings began on 20 August 2019. Judge Raymond Zondo is the presiding judge of this commission, leading to its popular name – the Zondo Commission.
Realising the need for active engagement by civil society, more than 20 non-governmental organisations met on 10 September 2018 in Johannesburg and emerged as the Civil Society Working Group on State Capture. This informal and open coalition is both supportive of the commission’s work and, where necessary, critical of its shortcomings. The Working Group members make evidence-based submissions intended to test the resolve of the commission to fully investigate and expose state capture networks and ensure accountability for related crimes. The coalition’s work is supported by a collective advocacy strategy which will culminate in a People’s Hearing on State Capture, to be held at Constitution Hill on 12 October 2019.
Open Secrets acts as the secretariat of the Civil Society Working Group on State Capture.