Monday, 13 July 2009

South African government must find new purpose

South Africa’s leaders must move beyond political slogans of past generations and address the ‘messiness’ of democracy and social justice, the Archbishop of Cape Town has said. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said the government must move on from the victim mindset of the apartheid era and respond to current challenges. ‘The bondage is over and God’s comfort has been made real to us,’ he said. ‘It’s our turn to be channels of his comfort’. Now South Africa faces many ‘complicated’ issues ‘with no big simple answers’ and leaders must move out of their ‘comfort zones’, he said. Archbishop Makgoba also gave a rebuke to President Jacob Zuma who said at an ANC rally last week, that the party ‘will rule until the Son of Man comes’. The archbishop feared it could give sanction to some who might resort to unconstitutional actions to prolong ANC rule indefinitely.

Source: Church of England Newspaper (3/7)

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