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Is Silence in the face of wrong just a way of saying “it’s OK”?
Corruption in the South African government is rife. Enormous amounts of money are being siphoned off—ultimately at the cost of the poorest.
The Quaker Peace Centre is linking with Accountability Now and other civil society organisations, to join in legal actions to hold the government to account for failure of its constitutional duty.
Areas of concern are:
State Capture – this is the control of the government for the benefit of a small clique. There are widespread allegations that this is happening in South Africa. An application has been made to the Constitutional Court for the deputy president to commission a judicial enquiry as recommended by the national Public Protector.
Arms Deal—shortly after the ending of apartheid the new majority government purchased a number of weapons. This arms deal is tainted by corruption with tender criteria and loan authorisation lacking. Papers have now been served on (among others) the South African and British governments and Barclays Bank.
South African Social Services Agency is responsible for the distribution of grants to 17 million people. It is suspected that the contract to do this work was gained corruptly. All involved are being taken to court.