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Sat Dec 20 16:19:50 SAST 2014

Clerics warn Zuma that SA yearns for moral compass

Sapa | 11 December, 2012 08:07
President Jacob Zuma. File picture.
Image by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Religious leaders have written to President Jacob Zuma, warning that the public is concerned that South Africa has lost its moral compass.

The Star reported that, in the letter, the clerics expressed the view that "our democracy can be significantly improved".

The letter was signed by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Church Leaders Consultation, Bishop Joe Seoka of the SA Council of Churches, Rev Moss Ntla of the Evangelical Alliance of SA, and Rev Edwin Arrison of Kairos Southern Africa.

"They [South Africans] yearn for a change from an increasingly corrupt political, business and societal culture to one that is accountable to the people," the clerics wrote.

Copies were sent to political and economic leaders, including Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

The presidency confirmed that Zuma had seen the letter.

Ahead of the African National Congress' elective conference in Mangaung, the clerics said the public was not interested in "a superficial change of one self-serving political leader for another, or one political party for another".

They said there were payers for Zille because she sought to help South Africa onto a "more healthy footing", the newspaper reported.

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