Black Sash’s Khuluma on the 21st November 2019 was a conversation with Valencia Talene (Corruption Watch), Tracy Ledger (Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) and Naushina Rahim (Open Secrets), where they discussed State Capture: Implications for governance and leadership of the SCA ruling ordering Cash Paymaster Services to pay back 316 million to SASSA.
The Judicial Commission into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State (known as the Zondo Commission) was established in January 2018 and began its hearings in August 2018. Judge Raymond Zondo is the presiding judge of this commission which focusses on the most recent phase of state capture.
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.