WATCH: Heavyweights discuss importance of holding 'rotten' leadership to account

Academic and author Prof Jonothan Jansen says South African universities are failing to produce critical, active citizens and public intellectuals.

The professor says that students are not being taught to 'connect the dots' about economic, political and social challenges facing the country.

Jansen joined ANC activist and author Crispian Olver and investigative journalist Marianne Thamm to discuss the importance of speaking truth to power.

Read: Jonathan Jansen: The future of South African universities hangs in the balance

Olver reflects on uncovering corruption within the ANC administration in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, in his new book.

The real trouble in our country is how to get our institutions back and respected.

Crispian Olver, ANC activist and author

Meanwhile, Thamm says there are various circles of power, not limited to political dynamics or state capture.

She says that corrupt networks and political leadership have become a global problem.

The role of corporates indicates that we have a problem with capitalism.

Marianne Thamm, Assistant editor at the Daily Maverick

The corporate and banking world; the consulting companies aid and abet the mass exodus of money from countires that cannot afford it.

Marianne Thamm, Assistant editor at the Daily Maverick

It's imperative that we speak truth to power and bring power back to the citizens.

Marianne Thamm, Assistant editor at the Daily Maverick

WATCH: Heavywights discuss importance of holding SA leadership to account

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