National committee of the SA Council of Churches (SACC) says it plans to release its newly found report on state capture
The committee announces its imminent release of the report on Thursday after its call for a Corruption Reconciliation Commission’ to look into the public protector’s ‘State of Capture’ report.
In the report, the commission which was established in April 2016, is expected to give further details on the challenge of corruption in the country.
The commission will host a media briefing at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto to share its findings in the process so far.
According to a media statement released on Thursday, the “Unburdening Panel is a “facility” offered by the churches to anyone in the Republic of South Africa who wishes to relieve herself or himself of the burden caused by an experience of someone – an individual, a representative of a business interest, of a political party or of a person of influence – your superior or someone you couldn’t say “No” to, suggesting that you do something inappropriate in return for a promotion, an attractive position or money or shares in a company, or any other favour or incentive whatsoever.”
The SA Council of Churches says its release of the report was for so that every citizens’ freedom of Speach.
“While most of the people have opted for the security of what the SACC calls the “Anonymity Option”, where the deponents are not divulged, some of people chose to go public with the information they were giving the SACC Unburdening Panel Process. A number of those gave much of the same information to the Public Protector, feeding the State Capture report,” the statement read.
The SACC noted that the process began mainly as a receptacle for shared stories which was later discovered to uncover the systemic undermining of governance beyond petty corruption which now puts the country’s constitutional democracy at risk.
The SA Council of Churches said it, therefore, had a duty to reveal the discovered information publicly, ahead of its scheduled National Conference in June 2017.
The council says that the work of its Unburdening Panel forms part of the its “Anchoring Democracy” — which is one of five pillars of The South Africa We Pray For the campaign of the churches. The other four pillars are Healing & Reconciliation; Family Life; Poverty and Inequality; and Economic Transformation.