He further observes that cultural events provide a “perfect opportunity for the spread of the virus” considering that as people gather closer to each other, they eat from a common dish and drink from the same billycan.
He pushes for the use of “supportive values, beliefs and mental conversion that will motivate personal commitment to respect health protocols must.”
“We need to appeal to the value of life which is uppermost among Africans,” he says and explains, “African ancestors and dead relatives are purported to value life and therefore should not mind if an ancestor function is postponed until the COVID-19 pandemic is over or done differently in order to protect life.”
He adds that where cultural events are necessary, those involved be encouraged to drink the traditional beer with personal mugs and eat from individual dishes.
South Africa has recorded 790,004 cases of the virus including 21,535 deaths and 731,242 recoveries.
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Regarding corruption in South Africa, Bishop Sipuka lauds the government for taking some concrete steps to address the vice, making particular reference to the ongoing investigations of former President Jacob Zuma and politician Ace Magashule.
However, there is "a growing worry that the factions … among elites of the ruling party will now spill over to the ordinary people which could lead to violence," he notes.
A voice clip, which has been calling for military veterans to gather and protect the former President “could just be the beginning of a series of occasions of politically motivated violence," Bishop Sipuka cautions.
"As we rejoice about the prospect of corruption finally being dealt with, let us also prepare ourselves to deal with a situation where corrupt kingpins, to avoid jail sentences, will present themselves as political victims and incite people to violence and insubordination," the South African Bishop further cautions in his December 1 reflection.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.