Civil society groups to use Mandela Day to debate future of SA

The conference is organised by Save SA and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation which will be held at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

FILE: Save SA convenor Sipho Pityana. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - About 100 civil society organisations will use Mandela Day to attend a conference to debate the future of the country and the impact of state capture with President Jacob Zuma at the helm.

The conference is organised by Save SA and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation which will be held at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

Those attending the conference aim to come up with a plan to put pressure on Members of Parliament to vote to remove Zuma.

Save SA's Sipho Pityana says there is sufficient evidence to prove that criminal offences are being committed by certain individuals by capturing the state.

Pityana says that state-owned entities must be cleared from the current corruption.

“There must be evidence and steps taken to restore the credibility in the criminal justice system, including institutions that fight corruption.”

Organisers view the conference as a landmark event which has already been endorsed by several struggle stalwarts.

Neeshan Balton, the executive director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says: “We have invited Members of Parliament to attend the conference as observers to listen to what ordinary South Africans from various sectors want them to do to change the trajectory of the country, leading up to the parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in August. We have only to look back at our liberation struggle to understand the power that ordinary people can wield through collective efforts. It is through united effort that we can stop state capture and bring the culprits to book.”

The conference will see "heroes against state capture" being acknowledged, as well as brainstorming sessions around building state integrity and developing campaign ideas to mobilise ordinary South Africans to take action.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)