An “unburdening panel” designed for the ordinary citizen to come forward and share their experience of corruption or distrust in any sector of the government has been set up by the South African Council of Churches (SACC).
Yesterday, the SACC launched its “The South Africa we pray for” campaign announced last year. The campaign among other targets is aimed at anchoring the country’s democracy.
The council says the recent debacle emanating from Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta family and allegations of state capture are examples of what is happening at all public institutions.
The panel which is led by churches, includes former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Dr Brigalia Bam and ex-Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro.
Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana is of the opinion that South Africans be provided with avenues that exceeds beyond the ruling party where they can express their experience of corruption in the government.
“It is all very well that the national executive of the ANC says people like Mr Jonas must come to the office of the Secretary General. But what about somebody like Malusi Mpumlwana who wants to talk about their experience of corruption which has nothing to do with the party?”
Heads of different faith groups requested a meeting with the ANC last week so as to discuss the Constitutional Court judgment which concluded that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold his the constitution through the way he handled the Nkandla issue.
At the meeting, the SACC called for a review of the president’s position to save the country and the ANC from from mockery.
However, the president was unavoidably absent at the meeting which followed series of others (with the Umkhonto we Sizwe commanders) as he was addressing another government event in Nelson Mandela Bay.