South Africa’s churches have attack ANC
South Africa’s churches have attacked the African National Congress (ANC), accusing the ruling party of moral decay and of abandoning Nelson Mandela’s goal to build a non-racial democracy from the ashes of apartheid.
In a letter to President Jacob Zuma published a week before an ANC leadership election and policy conference, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) threatened to agitate for a “more healthy democracy” if its concerns were brushed aside.
“During apartheid, some Church leaders wrote to political leaders but they often failed to listen to these voices. Unfortunately we find a similar trend today,” the SACC, a major player in the struggle against the white-minority rule that ended in 1994, wrote.
“We have begun to stray from the path of building a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa,” it continued, adding that political leaders had “largely lost their moral compass”.
Founded in 1936, the SACC is an umbrella organisation that groups the country’s major Christian denominations. Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu was one of its most prominent leaders during the apartheid era, serving as its secretary general.
The rebuke gained extra emotional weight this week with the hospitalisation of Mr Mandela. The 94-year-old former president is suffering from the recurrence of a lung infection.