Being Pro-Family among Qualities Christian Professionals Want Electorate in South Africa to Consider During May 29 Polls

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Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum (ACPF) are calling upon the electorate in South Africa to elect political candidates keen on family values and the African cultural heritage during the country’s general elections later this month. 

On May 29, eligible voters in South Africa are to take part in the country’s seventh general elections organized under the universal adult suffrage following the end of apartheid era in 1994.

Members of the National Assembly and those of the Provincial Legislature in each of the country’s nine Provinces are to be elected. The Chief Justice is to oversee the election of the country’s president from among the members of the National Assembly, which is the lower house of Parliament.

In a statement shared with ACI Africa on Sunday, May 19, ACPF members say, “As Christians, we emphasize the importance of choosing leaders who are not only capable but also morally upright.”

“We urge voters to carefully consider the candidates and to elect those who will uphold family values, defend the sovereignty of our nation, promote African cultural heritage, and embrace the principles of good governance with integrity,” they say.


The Christian professionals says they are in solidarity with the people of God in South Africa, and urge them to unite “in the spirit of peace and democracy, ensuring that the forthcoming elections are a testament to your collective determination to build a brighter future for generations to come.”

In their one-page statement, ACPF members refer to the negative effects of military coups in various African countries such as the July 2023 one in the West African nation of Niger and the one of August 2023 in the Central African nation of Gabon, and call upon South Africans “to uphold the principles of peace, unity, and democratic participation.”

“It is imperative that South Africa sets an example of steadfast commitment to democratic values,” members of the forum of Christian professionals in the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent say. 

Meanwhile, earlier, officials of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) have declared May 5 the National Day of Prayer for peaceful general elections in the country.

In a March 19 statement, the President of the Christian forum that includes members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) explained the importance of the day of prayer ahead of the May 29 polls.

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“Our people still bear the painful scars of the violent eruptions of our country’s history and we cannot adopt a posture of blindness to the signs of our times,” Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Archdiocese of Cape Town said.

In the statement, Archbishop Makgoba added, “Our call for a National Day of Prayer for the 2024 General Elections is a reminder of the core mission of the church, which is to advocate for hope in the face of hopelessness,” 

 “In the face of the many challenges of our country, we yearn for a renewal of our minds in God, that we might evolve into a transformed society, charged with the mission to reconcile the world we live in, with God’s world through His word,” he further said.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.