SACC church leaders stage silent prayer against COVID-19 corruption
Church leaders who are under the South African Church Council (SACC) will hold a prayer against COVID-19 corruption on Tuesday.
In a statement on released on Monday, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana who is SACC General Secretary, said they have chosen to use the month of September to campaign against COVID-19 corruption.
“As the SACC we have dedicated this Heritage month to a campaign that will denounce corruption as being part of the South African identity. We are saying as the churches, and active citizens, we refuse for our nation’s culture and heritage to be one of stealing, and defrauding of public resources. Corruption, especially this blatant looting of COVID-19 funds that has been reported, is criminal and continues to cost us lives and livelihoods as a country,” the statement read.
Mpumlwana said the Moral Call Collective issued a moral call on 7th August against Covid-19 corruption and this prayer campaign is their way of responding to the call.
The collective is made up of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the South African Council of Churches.
Mpumlwana also said the silent prayer will be held in all nine provinces and will be staged in various national key locations including the Union Building in Tshwane.
The church leaders will take an hour in total standing together in silence while carrying anti-corruption messages on placards, with the hashtag #CorruptionIsNotMyHeritage.
Ongezwa Mzanywa, member of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa under the SACC, said she will be showing support.
“Even though we will not be in the venues physically, we will be taking part in the silent prayer at our homes,” she said.