SACC sets up platform for citizens to discuss corruption

Yesterday the council launched its 'The South Africa we pray for' campaign announced last year.

SACC general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it has set up an "unburdening panel" for the ordinary citizen to come forward and share their experience of corruption or distrust in the government.

Yesterday the council launched its "The South Africa we pray for" campaign announced last year, which aims to, among other things, anchor the country's democracy.

The council says the recent revelations around the Gupta family and allegations of state capture are climatic symptoms of what is occurring at all public institutions.

The panel is led by churches and includes former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Dr Brigalia Bam and ex-Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says South Africans should have avenues beyond the African National Congress to express their experience of corruption.

"It is all very well that the national executive of the ANC says people like Mr Jonas must come to the office of the Secretary General. But what about somebody like Malusi Mpumlwana who wants to talk about their experience of corruption which has nothing to do with the party?"

Last week, the heads of different faith groups requested a meeting with the ANC to discuss the Constitutional Court judgment that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold his oath of office.

The meeting also followed a statement from the SACC calling on the president's position to be reviewed.

The meeting between the ANC and religious leaders was held as the ANC assessed how to deal with the fallout from the Nkandla judgment.

The president was not at the meeting as he was addressing another government event in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The ANC said it will seriously discuss the concerns about the implications of the judgment on the president.

The meeting followed a series of other consultations, which include one with the Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders.