Bishop Mpulwana led other SACC Church leaders in walking up the stairs of the building, as a sign that “whoever is involved in corruption deserves to wear the orange suits in jail.”
South Africa’s COVID-19 response has been marred with corruption allegations regarding a US$36.6 billion relief package, aimed at facilitating efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic among the country’s 57.7million people.
Speaking on behalf of SACC leaders in Kwazulu Natal Province, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier said that as Church leaders from the region, they participated in the prayer protest to, among other reasons, “acknowledge and support” anti-corruption measures announced by the Premier of the province, Sihle Zikalala.
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The Premier recently announced that the names of the people entrusted with the responsibility of administering COVID-19 funds be published, as well as their responsibilities and the amount of money involved, the Cardinal noted.
“We want to support him in the actions he is taking but we also want to commit ourselves to living with integrity so that our ‘Ubuntu’ is what governs the way we deal with each other and not our personal desires or greed,” the member of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) explained in his September 15 address.
In his remarks at the end of the prayer protest, SACC President, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa of the Methodist Church called on South Africans to denounce corruption saying it “costs so much and has claimed the lives of the innocent.”
“We must fall in love with integrity, accountability and be above reproach in whatever we do,” he said from Eastern Cape province and added, “The commitment should be to render service and not self-enrichment.”
The September 15 prayer protest is part of the activities that members of the interdenominational forum are undertaking in the month of September dedicated to campaigns against COVID-19 corruption.
The anti-corruption campaign coincides with the Heritage Month of September in which South Africans honor the culture and diversity of beliefs and traditions of all citizens.
The campaign is in response to the moral call against COVID-19 corruption issued on 7 August this year, by a group of six organizations who call themselves the Moral Call Collective.
The organizations include SACC, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.