Reform of the Criminal Justice Administration in South Africa

February 6th, 2023 | 09:00-17:30 SAST | Virtual Event


Chief Justice Zondo was scathing in his final report of the State Capture Commission, pointing to industrial scale fraud, looting, corruption, and massive deficit in integrity, accountability and hence governance, leading to citizens being unable to access their basic human rights as enshrined in our Constitution.  

President Ramaphosa himself, when receiving the final report, expressed the deep sense of shame, embarrassment and betrayal by the governing party, and many leaders in Government and the private sector, implicated in state capture, corruption and wrongdoing, and invited citizens with the requisite skills and expertise to come forward in helping fix the country and society broken by the state capture project.


It is in this regard that civil society partners the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Primerio International, Accountability Now and the University of Cape Town have come together to heed the President’s call with a critical intervention to help arrest the decay of society by fixing and rebuilding governance after the devastation of state capture, by proposing the strengthening of SA’s accountability architecture. We are proud to present a conference on critical aspects of the reform of the criminal justice administration in SA. 

On 6 February 2023, a set of high-level panel discussions will be hosted as a critical intervention to help arrest the decay of society and rebuild governance from the devastation of state capture, by proposing the strengthening of SA’s accountability architecture through a reform of the criminal justice administration in SA. 

The discussions will be attended by a small audience as well as live streamed online.

We invite you to join us online by registering your contact details on this page. You will then be e-mailed the link to the online event as well as related materials.

Please find information about the panelists and supporting materials below. 


Programme -

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09:00 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

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Gregor Jaecke

Resident Representative,      Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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Prof Firoz Cachalia
Chairperson, National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (NACAC)

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Minister Ronald Lamola

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services     

Panel One

09:30 - Achieving compliance with the "Glenister" decisions

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Izak Smuts SC
Senior Counsel, Eastern Cape Society of Advocates and Former Judicial Service Commission

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Lawson Naidoo

Executive Secretary, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC)

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Paul Pretorius sc

High Court Advocate, Evidence Leader at the Zondo Commission

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Justice Ian Farlam (moderator)
Former Judge at the Supreme Court of Appeal

Panel Two

11:10 - Whistleblower protection in the short and longer term

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Cynthia Stimpel

Executive Director, Whistleblower House, former SAA treasurer and whistleblower

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adv Malini Govender
Senior Director, National Prosecuting Authority

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Adv Tseliso Thipanyane
Former Chief Executive Officer, South African Human Rights Commission

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Ben Theron (moderator)

Executive Director, Whistleblower House, former COO of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA)

Panel Three

14:10 - Non-Prosecution Resolution of corruption cases

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John Oxenham
Director, Primerio and South African Representative, ICC FraudNet

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Colette Ashton
Associate, Rose Attorneys and Director, Accountability Now

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adv Glynnis Breytenbach, MP
Former Prosecutor, National Prosecuting Authority and South African Shadow Minister of Justice

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Adv Hermione Cronje
Former Investigative Directorate Head in the office of the National Prosecuting Authority

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Michael-James Currie (moderator)
Director, Primerio and African Regional Representative, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee

Panel Four

16:10 - Supporting the notion of an International Anti-Corruption Court to counter transnational corruption cases

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Mwila Bwanga
Founder and Executive Director, BeRelevant Africa

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Paul Hoffman SC
Senior Counsel and Director & Head of Projects, Accountability Now

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Lord Peter Hain (to be confirmed)

Member, House of Lords of the United Kingdom

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Justice Richard Goldstone (moderator)
Former Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Closing Remarks

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Koogan Pillay

Chief Executive Officer, KCL Solutions, former project manager for the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, DPME and SIU

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Richard Goldstone

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Catherine O'Regan

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