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Zuma must fight corruption - church leaders

The Council of Churches is calling on President Jacob Zuma to fight corruption in govt.

The Council of Churches is calling on President Jacob Zuma to fight corruption in govt.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma can and must do more to fight corruption within government, South African Council of Churches President Bishop Joe Seoka said on Monday.

He made the comments following the release of a letter from church leaders, that called on the president resuscitate the "moral fiber" in South African society.

The letter said leaders must stamp out corruption.

According to the letter, religious leaders will mobilise opposition groups that they feel can do a better job, if the president fails to act.

Seoka said the letter was not a threat but a call to action.

"We think that the corruption is really undermining our democracy. We think [Zuma] has the capacity to address that as a leader of the ruling party. He is trusted with this responsibility. He can do better."

The Presidency acknowledged receipt of the letter.

It said the issues raised would be addressed at a summit set to take place in 2013.