Zackie Achmat on State Power, State Capture and Building a New Politics of Justice and Equality

Zackie Achmat on State Power, State Capture and Building a New Politics of Justice and Equality

SERAJ members Phil Swanepoel and Michelle du Toit with Zackie Achmat

On Wednesday 11th October, the Research Chair for Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation hosted a lecture by Zackie Achmat titled “State Power, State Capture and Building a New Politics of Justice and Equality”. SERAJ members attended the lecture and thoroughly enjoyed the thought-provoking topic.

Zackie Achmat explained that “State Capture is not corruption in its ordinary form, but the capture of institutions.” He used the analogy of robbing a bank, in that State Capture exceeds robbing the bank but amounts to capturing the entire banking apparatus. He also pointed out that the capture of intellectuals is “the worst capture that can happen” as they have a role in questioning and challenging corruption.

He used train commuters in Cape Town as an example of the extent of corruption and to illustrate how peoples’ daily lives have been implicated. He encouraged us to work with people affected and empower their voices.

Zacki Achmat is a charasmatic speaker, with vast insights and powerful passion – truly inspiring. SERAJ expresses great thanks to Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, the Research Chair for Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, for hosting this event and continuing to promote engagement on transformation.

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