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Johannesburg - Operation Recapture: that will be the overriding theme of the civil society conference starting on Tuesday to rile against the so-called state capture and demand the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

The Conference for the Future of South Africa (Cofusa) will be a one-day event, where more than 90 civil society organisations will gather at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg to "build a new front against state capture", according to convener Mandla Nkomfe.

Cofusa is being hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Save SA.

Nkomfe said at a briefing on Monday morning that the conference brought together organisations determined on building what he called a more just and honest society.

"The glue that brought these organisations together is opposition to state capture and a growing sense of repulsion at how the architects of state capture are stealing public money, handing over power and authority to interests outside the state and undermining crucial state institutions such as the NPA, the Hawks, the police and a growing list of state-owned," Nkomfe asserted.

Save SA convener Sipho Pityana said the conference will adopt a detailed strategy in order to influence parliamentarians to vote with their conscious and not ANC instruction when the vote of no confidence takes place next month in Parliament.

This, Pityana added, will include marches to also force Speaker Baleka Mbete to make the vote a secret ballot.

"A vote for Zuma is a vote for state capture... people are tired of the looting by Zuma and is cronies," Pityana said.

Director at the Kathrada Foundation Neeshan Bolton said they were not expecting any disruptions during the conference, but were prepared for any eventualities.
Bolton said: "Rhema has a particularly good security infrastructure" in place to take care of possible disruptions.

Other notable figures to attend Cofusa include Prasa chairperson Popo Molefe, a representative of the so-called SABC 8 and the outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza.

The Star