The Arms Deal and State Capture are the two clearest examples of how post-democracy South Africa has at times seen private interests overtake the needs of the majority.
But the idea that politicians collude in the dark with shadowy figures for unexplained purposes has a long history dating back to the apartheid era.
How do we move on without answering some of these lingering matters and giving them some finality?
The People’s Tribunal was organised by civil society organisations, which said the state had failed to fully investigate allegations of corruption and state capture.
Members of the public were invited to give evidence.
The panel was made up of retired judge Zak Yacoob, former UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay, the Social Justice Coalition’s Mandisa Dyantyi, Allyson Maynard Gibson QC and labour rights activist Dinga Sikwebu.
To speak about the tribunal which released its report on Thursday, Director of Open Secrets (an organisation focusing on exposing private sector economic crimes) Hennie Van Vuuren says all the organisations that helped convene the tribunal are delighted with the process.
It is the first time we have ever held a tribunal of this kind focusing on economic crimes, not only in South Africa but anywhere in the world.— Hennie Van Vuuren, Director of Open Secrets
Listen below to the full interview about the People's Tribunal:
This article first appeared on 702 : The People’s Tribunal releases its apartheid corruption report