South Africa: A State Capture Corruption Amnesty - Here's How to Effectively Initiate the Process for Offenders to Come Clean


We should take seriously Professor Thuli Madonsela's recent call for a corruption amnesty and explore the possibility that a well-crafted absolution, overseen by a suitably resourced agency, might provide an effective and sufficient way to ensure that a much larger number of offenders are made to account for their corrupt behaviour.

Professor Thuli Madonsela's bold call on 12 October 2020 for consideration to be given to extending an amnesty to some of those caught up in State Capture corruption was bound to provoke a range of reactions. Predictably, this already includes some indignation at the mere suggestion of an amnesty. Less predictable was the dismissive response (sadly, in somewhat intemperate language) from such a respected political analyst as Richard Calland.

Perhaps (as Calland complains and as Madonsela subsequently acknowledged in an interview with Jeremy Maggs) the timing of the call was unfortunate and perhaps her call might have been more carefully phrased. But my hope is that these criticisms will not deflect attention away from the important discussion that she has initiated.

There are encouraging signs that the Hawks and the NPA - and indeed all other agencies who should be involved (the SIU, SARS, the Office of the Public...

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