Rumana Akoob | The Daily Vox | 09 February 2018 | The People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa took place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg this past week. Social activist and lecturer Khaya Sithole presented to the Tribunal on Tuesday on white collar crimes and state capture.
The People’s Tribunal ran from 3 – 7 February and addressed crimes of corruption and theft. The organisers included Right2Know, Open Secrets, Foundation for Human Rights, Corruption Watch and the Public Affairs Research Institute. The Tribunal looked at pre and post apartheid corruption under the theme of Joining the Dots. Some 15 witnesses and whistleblowers testified.
The evidence was led before a panel of six adjudicators: ex United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, former Constitutional Court justice Zak Yacoob, labour activist Dinga Sikwebu, the Social Justice Coalition secretary-general Mandisa Dyantyi, Yasmin Sooka the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights and community rights advocate Allyson Maynard Gibson. They will compile findings and publish a final report.
Sithole explained that corruption was “various forms of fraudulent activities and fraudulent endeavours whose impact is that particular people receive financial gain or more importantly other people are worse off because of those activities”.
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