Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is alarmed by the
violent nature of the protests taking place in the North West Province.
We call on communities to desist from violence and the criminal acts of
looting and destroying property.
The valid grievances of the people must be attended to without delay.
Much has been said about Premier Supra Mahumapelo and his presumed
association with corruption, linked also to what seems an irrational and
wasteful mobile clinic project of Gupta fame. There has been the long
standing belief that the Premier has been using Gupta resources to
butter up loyal acquiescence and consent to wrongdoings in the North
West. We applaud President Ramaphosa for returning home to address the
crisis, and call on him to intervene decisively in that situation. We
appeal to the people to remain calm and give space for effective
The SACC will join with other faith organisations and engage with the
Departments of Health and of Cooperative Governance & Traditional
Affairs for a pastoral engagement to ensure that just and lasting peace
can be secured.
Bishop Mpumlwana is General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC).
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