SA needs wisdom, courage - religious leaders

2016-11-02 16:29
Vytjie Mentor at Cape Town #SaveSouthAfrica march. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Vytjie Mentor at Cape Town #SaveSouthAfrica march. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Religious leaders called for wisdom and courage, during a short prayer service at Cape Town's St George's cathedral following the #SaveSouthAfrica march.

“There is too much at stake,” said Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba.

“Society is filled with decent people, and South Africa will have a future,” he continued.

He opened the service with: “Oh Lord, where are you in these challenging times?” There were murmurs of agreement from the pews.

The service was held as South Africans waited for former public protector Thuli Madonsela's “state capture” report to be released, after President Jacob Zuma withdrew his application to stop it from being made public.

The #SaveSouthAfrica march was arranged to coincide with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SA Revenue Services officials Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula appearing in court on fraud charges, over Pillay's pension pay-out.

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National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams announced on Monday that the charges would be dropped, but a march calling for his and Zuma's resignation went ahead.

“We know that South Africa is not broken. We remain a constitutional democracy,” Makgoba prayed.

Makgoba said the church's voice in these issues needed to be more coherent, as the country worked for an equal, value-based state.

The Anglican Church's Dr Rachel Mash prayed for students who had been traumatised during protests to demand free tertiary education.

She thanked God that Abrahams had dropped the case against Gordhan and his co-accused.

Braam Hanekom, nephew of African National Congress stalwart Derek, prayed that leaders would think of future generations in deciding whether to build more nuclear power stations.

Speaking after the service, Makgoba said those involved in the interdict to stop the state capture report should accept their lot, and move on with the business of building the country.

“The president has always said he is not above the law. We are, equally, a very forgiving nation,” said Makgoba.

Earlier, they held a silent prayer vigil on the steps outside the church.

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