The Helen Suzman Foundation and Sygnia Asset Management CEO Magda Wierzycka have approached the courts to deal with the capture of Eskom.
They are suing 73 respondents includingEskom itself, President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Finance Maluis Gigaba, Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and both Ajay and Atul Gupta.
Francis Antonie, director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, says that they are stepping forward because organisations like the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Hawks are not performing their principal tasks and addressing high level corruption.
When one looks at the history of State Capture going back to Thuli Madonsela when she was public protector and her report, there is a big problem here. One wants to know why the NPA is not working in the way it should. Why are the Hawks not doing what they are meant to be doing?— Francis Antonie, Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation
There is a breakdown in the administration of criminal justice.— Francis Antonie, Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation
Antonie says that this the reason why organs of civil society, like the Helen Suzman Foundation, take initiative. He adds civil society have a long history of initiating change, and taking matters to court.
The problem lies with compliance with the courts, add Antonie. Despite this, Antonie says there is hope.
It's a step by step process. It takes a long time and people sometimes can get dispirited - I don't think people should be. Democracy in terms of the courts is working.— Francis Antonie, Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation
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