Rebuild public confidence, church leaders tell Zuma

2015-12-15 15:58
President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

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Pretoria - The SA Council of Churches (SACC) told President Jacob Zuma he needed to rebuild public confidence in his office, during their closed meeting at the Union Buildings on Tuesday. 

Zuma met with leaders from the SACC who raised various concerns with him, ranging from his recent hiring and firing of David van Rooyen to the FeesMustFall student protests. 

SACC president Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa said they were appreciative of Zuma's speedy response to the public outcry of the sacking of Nhlanhla Nene; and then the subsequent hiring and firing of his successor Van Rooyen.

But after a public outcry and a tumbling rand, Van Rooyen was removed on Sunday and replaced with Pravin Gordhan.

"We want to express appreciation of the president's quick response to the public outcry of the nation in the recent events of the finance minister and also welcome his intervention in the recent student protest.

"We now wait to see how far his homework is done with students and we wait for his announcement," Siwa told reporters in Pretoria."

Siwa said Zuma needed to rebuild public confidence for the sake of the country.

Zuma said he clarified to the SACC his reasons for the appointment of Van Rooyen and he would begin a process of engagement with the SACC and government departments on other concerns the church leaders raised. 

"We recognised the need for this meeting and the SACC has made a presentation of all their concerns. We have clarified the appointment of finance minister and they welcomed it," Zuma said.

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