Archbishop Makgoba: Zuma's silence on Nkandla screams the truth

2014-04-19 14:57

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About a thousand people from Cape Town's Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities have united to march to Parliament in protest of government corruption.

Today's procession was led by Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who said South Africans must put their political and religious differences aside to unite behind Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in fighting the Nkandla debacle.

The march was supported by Christian leaders, the Muslim Judicial Council and the Union of Orthodox Synagogues.

Even 82-year-old Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu could be seen walking the two kilometres from District Six to Parliament, stopping occasionally to rest.

Makgoba told the crowd: "A national embarrassment, we call the Nkandla question. Zuma has answered with silence. Silence screams the truth."

Makgoba said the country needed a leader who is transparent. "Like many, I want to believe our president when he said that he didn't rob our treasury. But if he didn't, did he hold the ladder?

"If he did, sadly he is as guilty as the person who climbed through the window," he said.

No political banners were permitted at the march but the stream of people held placards with the words: "A Flower For Thuli"; many with badges that read "I love Thuli".

Makgoba said he yearned "for the entire faith-based and NGO community to come together, not so much to defend the Public Protector as an individual, as to defend the rights of the public and the integrity of her office, which appears to be under assault from forces including many members of Parliament".

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