Johannesburg, 16 August, 2020 / 10:37 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their condemnation of alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 resources but indicated that this corruption was somewhat expected.
“Although we are deeply appalled, the news of the looting of public resources during the pandemic does not come as a big surprise,” SACBC members say in their Thursday, August 13 report shared with ACI Africa.
In their statement, the Church leaders express their solidarity with those who have condemned the misappropriation of resources saying, “We join the nation in condemning the COVID-19 corruption scandal and the severe lack of ethical leadership that it represents.”
Reports of suspect deals between government officials and business people providing medical equipment, as well as food aid to the poor, have sparked outrage in South Africa, Reuters has reported.
With at least 573,000 reported infections of COVID-19 in South Africa, the country accounts for more than half of the cases in Africa. The pandemic has caused the death of at least 11,270 people while 438,000 patients have reportedly recovered.