Marc Davies | Huffington Post ZA | 02 February 2018 |
The public hearings on economic crimes in South Africa will be an important moment in the country’s history, says adjudicator Yasmin Sooka.
Crimes of the “rich, powerful and politically well-connected” in South Africa, beginning Saturday, will come under intensified scrutiny as civil society groups rally to ‘join the dots’ in the country’s story of capture and plunder.
Organisations including Open Secrets, Corruption Watch, Right2Know and the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) have organised public hearings with the explicit aim of hearing evidence related to corruption and economic crimes over the last 40 years.
The People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime, running from 3-7 February in Johannesburg, is the first in the world to specifically address crimes of corruption and theft, partly in response to the ‘unwillingness or incapacity’ of state to ensure justice for known crimes, organisers say.
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