Anglican Archbishop calls for 'tsunami of truth'

2016-03-31 15:07

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Thursday called for a “tsunami of truth-telling” about influence-peddling in government by business interests.

He hoped the Constitutional Court’s ruling that President Jacob Zuma acted unlawfully in handling the Nkandla matter would give public servants and others new courage to speak out and generate “not just a wave, but a tsunami, of truth-telling”.

He was speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he received an honorary degree.

“We live in a society based on fear. Our members of Parliament are too scared to hold the executive properly to account. Those in the executive or in public service who are alleged to have been approached by a well-known family living not too far from here, who have allegedly been offered blandishments in return for business favours, have been too afraid to speak out about it,” he said.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor revealed earlier this month that the Gupta family had tried to offer them ministerial posts in return for business favours.

Without mentioning names, Makgoba said the courage of a few was breaking down the fear. He hoped it would unleash a wave of truth-telling about corrupt influence-peddling, not only by one family, but by other business interests too.

Makgoba said Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling was a great day for South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

The Constitutional Court ruled that both Zuma and the National Assembly violated the Constitution when they disregarded Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action that he repay some of the R246 million spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home not related to security.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


And the Paws24 and Hill's winners are ...

Find out who the winners of our Paws24 pet pics and Q&a competitions are...



Keep your family and pets safe from rabies
5 scientific benefits of owning a cat
Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.