Cape Town, 19 July, 2021 / 8:10 pm (ACI Africa).
If the recent violent protests and attacks in South Africa were masterminded, the motivation was driven by selfishness and efforts toward “self-preservation”, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.
In his Sunday, July 18 Homily, Archbishop Stephen Brislin said the violence witnessed in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces among other parts of the country were detrimental to the nation’s “fragile democracy” and those who might have masterminded “must be called to account”.
“If there are those who masterminded it, they, more than all the others who have been involved, are responsible for doing enormous damage to our fragile democracy and economy,” Archbishop Brislin said.
The Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese added, “If there are such people who have planned and executed this, they have acted selfishly presumably for their own self-preservation, with no regard for the good of the country and its people. They particularly must be called to account and punished appropriately for their actions.”
He faulted a section of the South African leadership for their lack of integrity who seem to have contributed to the latest violence.