Clerics urge Zuma to stop SA’s moral decay

Prominent clerics have vowed to mobilise civil society if leaders don't stop SA's moral decay.

The South African Council of Churches Bishop Jo Seoka (C). Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With just a few days to go until the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung, a group of prominent clerics have written to President Jacob Zuma saying they will mobilise civil society if leaders do not stop the country's moral decay.

Anglican Bishop of Pretoria, Jo Seoka, on Tuesday said they wrote the letter to warn Zuma they would take action if the moral decay was not stopped.

He said it was necessary "to teach people to vote for leadership that will commit to serving them, rather than self-serving."

And he said their message will be clearer if action was not taken.

"Vote for persons or parties that will serve your interests, rather than people who have no interests in service delivery, to continue leading you."

Meanwhile, the banking association warned ANC delegates decisions they make on land and mines will affect them.

The association said if delegates make big decisions on land issues, they must know that land is being used as security for loans.

At the same time, General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zwelinzima Vavi, has warned that the public was losing confidence in the ability of the state to combat corruption, which he said wa eating away at society's moral fibre.

Vavi was elected chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Forum on Monday, and said the fight against it could not be won until the perception of the extent of corruption was broken.

He said South Africa needed more ethical leaders who would stem the scourge.

"If we do not have a political will to deal with this collapse in morality within our society, and cannot resolve this crisis, no one will take us seriously when we say we are opposed to corruption."