The People’s Tribunal is organised by citizens and not by the state. It follows the model of People’s Tribunals that have unfolded in many parts of the world to consider human rights issues, from war crimes in Vietnam to the conditions in Palestine. Members of the public can submit evidence, which will be introduced and examined by a small team of evidence leaders. A panel of seven adjudicators will consider these submissions and make a written report that will be presented to the public.
The Tribunal’s organising committee comprises a range of civil society organisations, including the following:
- Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)
- Corruption Watch
- Foundation for Human Rights
- Open Secrets
- Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)
- Right2Know Campaign
- The South African Council of Churches (SACC).
Funding for the Tribunal is provided to Open Secrets by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Open Society Foundation Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Claude Leon Foundation.
The organising committee for the People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa hereby invites members of the public to submit information to be presented at the first hearings of the People’s Tribunal in February 2018.
The tribunal aims to allow an inclusive and evidence based discussion on the inter-connected nature of state capture in South Africa, joining the dots over the past four decades from Apartheid-era economic crime to the post-Apartheid Arms Deal and the current era of what we call ‘state capture’. The Tribunal will hear evidence relating to each of these eras over the 5 days.
The first hearings will focus on the arms trade across all three eras. We thus invite anyone with information on the following cases to bring evidence forward to the organising committee:
- Alleged breaches of International and South African law by actors who facilitated the illegal supply of weapons to apartheid South Africa between 1977 and 1994.
- Alleged breaches of South African and International law by corporations and individuals in the process of the 1999 Arms Deal.
- Alleged breaches of South African and International law in relation to current allegations of ‘state-capture’ as they relate to Denel.
People are encouraged to come forward with both documentary evidence and first-hand experience. All submissions will be treated confidentially, and it is not required to publicly present the evidence at the Tribunal. A select number of submissions will be given an opportunity for verbal presentation. Information will only be used with the consent of the witness and may be presented to the tribunal and adjudicators in different forms.