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13 August 2022

PRESS STATEMENT: 

DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY WELCOMES THE BANNING OF BAIN&CO FROM CONDUCTING BUSINESS WITH THE  UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT










Defend Our Democracy applauds the efforts made by whistleblower Atholl Williams and Peter Hain in securing the ban on Bain&Co from conducting business with the government of the United Kingdom (UK).


In line with calls made by the Helen Suzman Foundation, we equally call on the South African government to implement similar measures to prevent Bain&Co from engaging in business with government and State Owned Enterprises.

13 July 2022

PRESS STATEMENT: 

GOVERNMENT MUST ACT WITH URGENCY IN DEALING WITH ELECTRICITY CRISIS 








The Defend Our Democracy Campaign and a number of civil society organisations met with the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday to engage on the country’s electricity crisis. 

Organisations present raised the impact of the electricity crisis on the lived experiences of people, the economy, and in turn on the stability of our democracy



29 June 2022

PRESS STATEMENT: 

CONFERENCE FOR DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL AND CHANGE TO BE HELD

 

 





The Defend our Democracy campaign will on the 1-2 July 2022 host the ‘Conference for
Democratic Renewal and Change’.

Some 300 delegates will talk about the threats to democracy, and what should be the collective role in
addressing these and envisioning a new, participatory politics. Participants will deliberate on
what needs to be done to shift our politics from one that is the sole preserve of political parties,
lacks accountability and is not service driven, to one that puts the public interests first. 



23 June 2022

PRESS STATEMENT:

RELEASE OF FINAL STATE CAPTURE REPORT IS WELCOME, BUT ORANGE OVERALLS MUST FOLLOW








The Campaign commends the Commission for the work it has done in revealing the nature and extent of the corruption networks, and the systemic manner in which it undermined our hard won democracy. It was indeed as indicated by the President, an attack on our democracy.




10 June 2022

PRESS STATEMENT:

NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY AROUND THE REPORTED PHALA PHALA ROBBERY




While the President intends to subject himself to the ANC’s Integrity Committee, and has indicated that he will follow due process in relation to the investigation by the Hawks, we believe that transparency about what had occurred is within the public’s interest.

 

 

06 June 2022

PRESS STATEMENT:

REPORTED ARRESTS OF GUPTAS A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT

The Defend our Democracy Campaign notes the reported arrests of Rajesh and Atul Gupta in the United Arab Emirates.

We await further information from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the circumstances surrounding the reported arrests. We note that South African law enforcement agencies are working with their counterparts in the UAE and await further clarity on the matter.

If the Gupta brothers are to be extradited to South Africa to face charges, this would be an important victory for the many civil society organisations and ordinary citizens who have consistently called for justice and accountability.

27 April 2022

PRESS STATEMENT:

ETHICAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED , PARTICULARLY AT TIMES OF CRISIS

Today, South Africa marks 28 years of freedom from apartheid rule.

We value the ideals of freedom and democracy and acknowledge the significant gains made since 1994, but the occasion this year cannot be one that is celebratory. Instead, it should be a day in which we take serious stock of the state of our democracy.

This year’s Freedom Day comes at a time when thousands of people in KwaZulu Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape and North West face the pain of losing loved ones, along with severe damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure due to the recent floods.

It occurs as hundreds of Langa residents in the Western Cape remain displaced due to a fire that gutted the informal settlement several days ago.

As April heralds colder weather, South Africans are looking for alternate sources of staying warm and keeping their businesses going, as regular loadshedding becomes a reality.

 

7 April 2022

PRESS STATEMENT:

CALL FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON CONFERENCE PAPER ON DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL AND CHANGE

The Defend our Democracy Campaign today launches its national discussion document on democratic renewal and change. 

We call on all members of society to engage on its contents and share with us their feedback. 

This document is important because through it, we hope that various sectors and organisations across the country, including individual members of the public, will use it as a basis to engage on the issue of democratic renewal and change. 

These deliberations, and the feedback that we receive, will form the basis of the Defend Our Democracy Campaign’s national Conference for Democratic Renewal and Change, to take place in June this year.

20 February 2022

PROGRESS IN THE REMEDIAL WORKS AT CHARLOTTE MAXEKE JOHANNESBURG ACADEMIC HOSPITAL

 

 

This is a letter written to the Gauteng Provincial Department regarding the remedial work done at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. 

20 February 2022

MEMORANDUM: FIX AND OPEN ALL WARDS AT CHARLOTTE MAXEKE ACADEMIC HOSPITAL AS A MATTER OF URGENCY 

Today, we stand outside Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, echoing the pleas of the thousands of patients from several provinces who rely on this hospital for their healthcare.

We repeat the plea of dedicated medical, cleaning and administrative staff from Charlotte Maxeke and surrounding hospitals, who have borne additional strain since the April 2021 fire that seriously damaged parts of the facility.

We share the concerns of residents and workers from surrounding areas, who now contend with clogged-up roads, as the hospital’s carpark has been closed due to the fire.

 

By Defend Our Democracy Campaign

9 February 2022

 

MEMORANDUM: THE STATE OF THE NATION – THE PEOPLE’S VOICE




This is the first State of the Nation Address by the President following the July 2021 unrest. There has so far been little consequence for those behind the failed insurrection. Six months down the line, no one is held to account for the death of 337 people, the mass destruction of economic infrastructure and the heightened social tensions. 




By Defend Our Democracy and partner organisations

23 January 2022

COLLECTIVE CALL TO STOP ATTACKS ON MIGRANTS 

The calls made by several political parties and community activists to forcefully remove migrants from their homes, and to count the number of foreign nationals employed in South African restaurants, is profoundly disturbing. Actions such as these can easily escalate into the widespread xenophobic violence we saw in 2008 and in subsequent years. 

 

By Defend Our Democracy and partner organisations

19 January 2022

STATEMENT REGARDING MINISTER SISULU’S ARTICLE TITLED “HI MZANSI, HAVE WE SEEN JUSTICE?”

On 7 January 2022, Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu published an article in which she launched an extraordinary attack on South Africa’s justice system, its Constitution, and the judiciary. Although authored in her personal capacity, Ms Sisulu’s public utterances, made as a member of the Executive and as a high-ranking member of the African National Congress,must be repudiated in the strongest tenns,

 

 

By Defend Our Democracy

ANTI-CORRUPTION WEEK TO PROCEED, THOUGH MARCH CALLED OFF

03 December   2021

As we begin Anti-Corruption Week, we reiterate our commitment to responsible mobilisation and doing our part to stop the spread of the virus. We urge organisations, community forums, religious institutions and individuals to follow all Covid-19 health protocols, to vaccinate and take extra precaution if organising in-person activations during the week. 

By Defend Our Democracy

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD, SUPPORT ANTI-CORRUPTION WEEK

08 November   2021

As South Africa emerges from a local government election in which many citizens chose not to vote, there is a need to reengage the public around participatory democracy, holding public representatives accountable and playing an active role in advocating for clean and ethical governance. This week aims to prompt that reengagement through involving communities in anti-corruption awareness work.

By Defend Our Democracy

DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY CENTRAL TO DEFENDING DEMOCRACY 

04 April 2021

Speaking on behalf of the Defend our Democracy campaign, Reverend Frank Chikane said, “Experience has taught our country how donations made to political parties can be used as basis to extract favours from politicians at a later stage. The lack of accountability with regards to party funding is central to state capture.”

By Defend Our Democracy

THE ASSAULT ON SOUTH AFRICA’S CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY: A CALL TO UNITED ACTION

18 March 2021

“Twenty-five years ago, the people of this nation adopted the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), enshrining in the history of the country the very first democratic code of rights, entitlements and responsibilities governing the conduct of the people and the state…”

By Defend Our Democracy

DIE AANSLAG OP SUID-AFRIKA SE KONSITUSIONELE DEMOKRASIE: ’N OPROEP OM SAAM OP TE TREE     

18 Maart 2021   

“Onderteken asseblief hierdie verklaring, en versprei dit so wyd soos moontlik. Ons kannie passiewe waarnemers wees terwyl ons demokrasie en ons Grondwet bedreig word nie. Ons het almal blatante korrupsie gesien, en hoe instellings ondermyn is. Tans is daar pogings om ook ons konstitusionele demokrasie – wat ons almal beskerm en vereis dat ons regering ons as die mense van Suid Afrika dien – te ondermyn. Gewese president Zuma het geweier om by die Zondo Kommissie getuienis te lewer, alhowel hy voorheen as getuie daar was. Gevaarlike en teen-demokratiese magte word ook opgesweep om Zuma te ondersteun. Dit skep ‘n ernstige bedreiging vir die stabilitetit en demokrasie van Suid-Afrika. Ons doen dus ‘n oproep op alle mense om hierdie bedreiging van ons demokrasie te opponeer, en om saam te staan teen die persone wat vasberade is om die waardes en beginsels in ons Grondwet te verkrag. Ons eis dat Jacob Zuma voor die Zondo Kommissie verskyn, of die gevolge van sy optrede dra.”

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