Stop marching, start acting - Archbishop tells CT marchers

2015-09-30 14:11
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba addresses the gathered crowd outside Parliament in a march against corruption. (Tina Hsu, News24)

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba addresses the gathered crowd outside Parliament in a march against corruption. (Tina Hsu, News24)

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Cape Town - It was time to stop talking about corruption and start acting with courage.

This was the message from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba at an anti-corruption march outside parliament on Wednesday.

"We need to stop marching against corruption. Yes, you heard me right. We need stop debating and discussing anti-corruption.

"We need to start being pro-courage," he told the crowd.

"How long are we going to allow our morally corrupt political and business leaders to intimidate us into silence?

"I want to address President Jacob Zuma and our political leaders: you are responsible to lead us.

"More than that, we have allowed you to do this.

"How much longer must South Africans daily experience a lack of transparency?"

Thousands of marchers joined the archbishop among many other civil society groups for a planned march to parliament in Cape Town.

The group United Against Corruption were joined by many civil groups on their march to Parliament, including Right2Know, Sweat and the newly-formed Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers of South Africa (Demawusa).

Makgoba addressed his final words to the crowd, once again stressing the need for courage.

"A corrupter plus a corruptee equals corruption," he said to laughs from the crowd.

"No to corruption and yes to corruption'" he ended.

"We need to begin a new era of courage."

The march ended at around 13:30 on Wednesday, due to Parliament's closure.

The group plans to conduct another march to Parliament on October 14, where it hopes to hand over its demands.

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