Anti-corruption Summit programme 13 June 2012

‘From Witness to Action’
A Religious Leaders’ Anti-Corruption Summit


Rising to Meet a Moral and Material Challenge of our Time


Draft Programme
Wednesday 13th June 2012
Cape Town Society for the Blind, 45 Salt River Rd


08:30   Welcome tea/coffee                                                                                                                                 

09:00   Moderator’s welcome and prayer                                                                                           10 min
Rev Edwin Arrison, Kairos Southern Africa

09:10   Opening the hearing                                                                                                                         20 min
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Church of Southern Africa

09:30   Public Protector: Corruption and Integrity                                                                                      20 min
                Adv Thuli Madonsela (Representative tbc)

09:50   Community witnesses testify on corruption

Hennie van Vuuren, Institute for
Security Studies                                                                   10 min
‘Legacy of corruption: apartheid foundations of the present struggle’

Lawson Naidoo, Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution                           10 min
‘Impact of corruption on governance and socioeconomic rights’

Nkwame Cedile, Right2Know Campaign                                                                                      10 min
‘Poverty-based corruption and violence in our communities’

Kate Lefko-Everett, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation                                              10 min
‘National Perspectives on service delivery corruption and inequality’

Representative of Social Justice Coalition (pending)                                                              10 min
‘Impact of corruption on sanitation and criminality in Khayelitsha’

Representative of Equal Education (pending)                                                                          10 min
‘Impact of corruption on education inequities’

Testimonies from the floor                                                                                                                15 min

11:05   Tea/coffee break

11:20   Inter-faith religious leaders respond from faith perspectives

Imam Dr Rashied Omar, Claremont Main Road Mosque                                                      10 min

Mr Mickey Glass, Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa                                    10 min

Pst Xola Skosana, Way of Life Church                                                                                           10 min

Rev Alan Storey, Central Methodist Church                                                                                10 min

Rev Siyabulela Gidi, South African Council of Churches                                                        10 min

Responses from the floor                                                                                                                    10 min


12:20   Closing the hearing and prayer                                                                                                 10 min

Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town


12:30   Community lunch



A moderated discussion of religious leaders and representatives from different faith communities concerning the state of corruption in South African society and the potential for a coordinated faith community response beginning in the Western Cape

Moderator: Dr Ruben Richards

13:00   Where are we in the fight against corruption?
Reflections on corruption in our communities and the nation
How communities of faith are responding to corruption
(Chris Lodewyk of Unashamedly Ethical and Exposed 2013; Edwin Arrison of Kairos Southern Africa; open discussion)

13:30   What do our faiths have in common in conceiving and responding to corruption?
 Muslim perspectives on corruption and its response – Imam Dr Rashied Omar
Jewish perspectives on
corruption and its response – Rabbi Eitan Ben David             Christian perspectives on corruption and its response – (tbc)
Perspectives from other faiths – (tbc)

14:00   Shared goals and objectives of a coordinated inter-faith response to corruption
Core inter-faith principles and goals to guide our work
Specific opportunities to respond to corruption in our communities
Specific opportunities to influence the national debate on corruption
Arriving at shared objectives
(Moderated discussion)

14:30   Practical steps forward in responding to corruption
Translating shared objectives into practical actions for the short- and medium-term
(Some potential priorities: accountability and transparency within faith communities through trainings/codes of ethics; modelling values for citizens of  integrity; enabling whistle-blowers; reforming party funding)
Taking stock of our capacities, strengths, and needs
Next steps and process for moving forward together
(Moderated discussion)

15:00   Statement of commitment/way forward and closing prayer

                Rabbi Eitan Ben David (tbc)



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