civil society working group on state capture

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.

civil society submissions to zondo commission


AIDC: The Tax Consequences of State Capture and Reform Proposals

by Dominic Brown and Erwan Malary

The submission draws from the Nugent Commission of Inquiry, evaluates the consequences and causes of the capture of tax institutions not merely as a matter of bad individuals but as matter of weak institutions.


State capture and the political manipulation of criminal justice agencies

by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Corruption Watch

This joint submission is concerned with the manipulation of criminal justice agencies by the Executive under the administration of former president Jacob Zuma. This manipulation was a critical factor in entrenching state capture.


Equal Education, the Equal Education Law Centre & SECTION27

This joint submission focuses specifically on issues related to the misappropriation and
misuse of public funds which should have been geared towards the provision of basic


OUTA State Capture Portfolio

OUTA’s State Capture Portfolio addresses the performance of Government, its respective departments and its state owned entities in the delivery of service to society.

OUTA's submissions are on Home Affairs, Eskom and Denel


Appointment of board directors to state-owned enterprises

by the Dullah Omar Institute

The DOI submission argues SOE Boards represent both a critical layer of accountability and oversight over the entities’ administration and the all-important link between the state and the SOEs.


South African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) – Nuclear Energy

This submission argues that major energy procurement projects need independent oversight at all stages – pre-procurement, procurement and post-procurement – to prevent further state capture.

people's hearing on state capture

The People’s Hearing on State Capture is a public forum where members of the public, community leaders and activists are invited to reflect on the impact of state capture, either in person or through videos. This civil society hearing is not intended to detract from the work of the Zondo Commission. It will rather serve as a powerful reminder that state capture has left ordinary people poorer. It is intended to support efforts to hold the beneficiaries of this form of corruption – in both business and the state – to account through legal mechanisms such as the Zondo Commission on State Capture.

This event is scheduled for Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 10h00 – 15h00 at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and is organised by the Civil Society Working Group on State Capture


#DearJudgeZondo, is the social media campaign linked to the People’s Hearing. It is an open call for the public (on social media) to send Judge Zondo/ the State Capture Inquiry their demands, reflections, hopes for the State Capture Inquiry. The tweets/ posts/ videos and photos posted using the hashtag will be used at the People’s Hearing on the 12th of October.