Can the media step into the justice breach on state capture?


Widespread grand corruption in South Africa shows that the country’s laws and their application leave too many escape routes to ensure accountability, especially for top officials and business people. The media has filled the gap, leading the way in exposing state capture and applying pressure that resulted in several official inquiries.

Based on research into corruption and state capture in the criminal justice system and state-owned enterprises, this seminar will debate the extent to which the media can hold corrupt elites to account in South Africa.

This seminar is co-hosted by Africa Criminal Justice Reform at the University of the Western Cape and the Institute for Security Studies.

Chair: Lukas Muntingh, Project Coordinator, African Criminal Justice Reform, University of the Western Cape


Jacques Pauw, Author of The President’s Keepers

Thanduxolo Jika, Investigations Editor, Mail & Guardian

Sally Evans, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism

Picture: Amelia Broodryk/ISS

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