On 27th March 2015, the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation hosted a roundtable discussion titled, ‘State Capture’ of Independent Institutions? The speakers included the Executive Secretary of CASAC, Lawson Naidoo, and former National Co-ordinator of the Right to Know Campaign (R2K), Murray Hunter. Lawson Naidoo spoke to South Africa’s doctrine of separation of powers embedded within the Constitution, whereas Murray Hunter, talked about a re-emergence of the ‘securocrats’, a trend that not only occurred within South Africa, but also within the global political sphere. However, although the two cited different examples in their presentations, their main arguments were interlinked and boiled down to three seminal points independence, transparency and accountability in South Africa’s parastatals.
L-R: Murray Hunter and Mike Pothier (CPLO)