Southern African Catholic Bishops hail President’s ‘broad reforms’ in governance
“We are disappointed that the President has not been decisive on this issue and fear that once again political expediency, particularly in relation to the upcoming ANC elective conference, may appear to have prevailed. on the good of the nation,” SACBC members say.
They call on the Head of State to “announce as soon as possible how he will hold the ministers involved in the Commission’s report to account”.
The state capture document also touches on the Zondo report, which implicated former South African President Jacob Zuma and other state officials in inappropriate dealings with the Gupta family, among other irregularities.
SACBC members say implementation of the Zondo report will lack credibility if prosecutions target only mid-level government officials, while “high-level politicians implicated in the state capture report and other corruption allegations walk away unscathed.”
“We need the President’s assurance that senior politicians and cabinet ministers will not be immune from liability,” Catholic Church leaders in South Africa, Eswatini say and Botswana.
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They add that the credibility of the Zondo report will be questionable if the president fails to prove to the country his integrity regarding the “alleged crimes of financial misconduct and undermining the ends of justice of his Phala Phala farm”.
“We therefore call on the President and all relevant institutions to conclude the investigations and reports into the President’s allegations of breaking the law as soon as possible,” SACBC members say in their statement shared with ACI Africa on November 3.
They also condemn the greed and indifference displayed by the business and political elite in South Africa.
The level of greed in South Africa “has generated high levels of corruption in both the public and private sectors, diverting the resources the country needs to recover from its legacy of economic inequality and poverty”, state leaders say. Catholic Church.
“Our wish and our prayer is that our people work together to adopt a new vision of politics and the economy guided by the common good and the concerns of the most vulnerable in society, and not by the narrow interests of the elite. commercial and political”, say the members of the SACBC. in their statement shared with ACI Africa on November 3.