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The Role of Civil Society in Deepening the Fight against State Capture


An engagement of some of South Africa’s prominent civil society organisations was facilitated by the #AfterCapture campaign on 26 June 2018.

The engagement saw a stimulating discussion about the role of civil society in defending and protecting the constitutional democracy, not least in the context of the upcoming Zondo commission of enquiry into state capture. PARI’s State Capture and its Aftermath Conference in October will present a forum for civil society organisations to engage and contribute to the broader discussions on reforming the public service and preserving democracy. Organisations represented at the CSO engagment included:

Corruption Watch, South African Council of Churches, Open Secrets, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Right to Know Campaign, Foundation for Human Rights, Freedom Under Law, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, Black Sash Trust, Helen Suzman Foundation, Legal Resources Centre, Development Policy Research Unit (UCT), Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (SU), Lawyers for Human Rights, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse.

A few hours later, two discussion attendees were featured guests on Karima Brown’s late night radio slot. Listen below to the interview with David Lewis, Director of Corruption Watch and Erin Klazar, Head of Research at OUTA.