Civil so­ci­ety is last hope to get­ting our state re­cap­tured

The Times (South Africa) - - OPINIONOPINION ANDLETTERS -

NOW that it has be­come abun­dantly ap­par­ent that there is lit­tle hope of South Africa’s hob­bled pros­e­cu­tors bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of state cap­ture to book, our last hope lies with civil so­ci­ety.

Ini­tia­tives which seek to mo­bilise the peo­ple to act against cor­rup­tion are all that lie be­tween democ­racy and a per­ma­nently com­pro­mised state.

To­day one such ini­tia­tive will get un­der way, ap­pro­pri­ately on Man­dela Day.

The Con­fer­ence on the Fu­ture of SA will meet to dis­cuss build­ing a “broad front” against state cap­ture.

What is breath­tak­ing is the range of or­gan­i­sa­tions that ap­pear to be co­a­lesc­ing. The con­fer­ence is hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion and SaveSA and will in­clude 400 del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing 100 civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and par­ties in­clud­ing the ANC and SACP.

It will mark an at­tempt to “re­cap­ture the state”, ac­cord­ing to Nee­shan Bolton of the Kathrada Foun­da­tion.

Its first ob­jec­tive ap­pears to be to at­tempt to have Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­moved by the vote of no con­fi­dence which is sched­uled for par­lia­ment on Au­gust 8.

The real ques­tion is how the broad front will act be­yond the par­lia­men­tary vote, as­sum­ing that this fails to re­move Zuma.

SaveSA’s Sipho Pityana has said that Zuma must face the le­gal con­se­quences of his ac­tions. But what can be done to en­sure that this hap­pens while the pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors are them­selves cap­tured?

In­stead of march­ing on Zuma, per­haps it is time to march on those who can do some­thing about the prob­lem — the pros­e­cu­tors and the po­lice.

Time to march on those who can do some­thing

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