Religious leaders call for end to corruption

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says Zuma must take responsibility for lack of public trust.

FILE: Makgoba was amongst a group of religious leaders who led a march to Parliament on Saturday.

CAPE TOWN - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has called on President Jacob Zuma to break his silence regarding the Nkandla debacle.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela revealed her findings into the Nkandla report last month, in which she found that President Zuma improperly benefitted from the upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

Makgoba was amongst a group of religious leaders who led a march to Parliament on Saturday.

The march is against corruption in government and abuse of power. Makgoba says over the past few months thousands of people have told him they have lost faith in government.

He asked people whether the mistrust felt today is the same as that felt towards the apartheid government.

At the gathering Makgoba told the crowd of about a thousand people, that Zuma needs to take responsibility.

"Unfortunately those advising him have forgotten their admonition. Silence screams the truth. This is not what our country wants from our president.

"This is not what our country needs from our president. And it is not what we have voted for when we ask our president to take responsibility for our country's navigation."

On Wednesday the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said they are eagerly awaiting the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s Nkandla report.

The document will be the third of its kind to focus on upgrades made to President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home.

The tripartite alliance partners say they hope the probe will identify the culprits responsible for R246 million upgrades to the president's private home.