CAPE TOWN – The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACB) Justice and Peace Commission calls for the establishment of an anti-corruption court in South Africa, following Zuma’s resurfaced corruption charges.
The SACB calls for the eradication of corruption, believed to slow down the moral fibre of the South African nation.
This comes after the court battle on the spy gate and corruption allegations against President Zuma have resurfaced in the Supreme Court on October 13.
Zuma has been probed by the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance and the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) on his 783 charges of corruption, racketeering and fraud.
The SACB notes that these corruption charges have been ongoing for the past eight years.
If the NPA decides to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma, the matter will likely continue for another four years, says SACB.
“When allegations of corruption hang over the head of a seating president for this long, something gives way. In our case, the moral fibre of our nation has suffered massive damage as a result of people losing confidence in the office of the president and its ability to fight corruption at all the levels of government. For eight years, we have not had a president who leads from the front in the fight against corruption”, says the SACB.
Whilst acknowledging their limited knowledge on the constitutional law, the SACB believes that corruption is infringing upon the moral fibre of the nation.
For that reason, they urge the establishment of an anti-corruption court.
“We would also like to challenge Cyril Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma and other ANC presidential candidates to publicly declare that they will push for the establishment of specialised anti-corruption court if they are elected ANC president. This will signal their seriousness in the fight against political corruption”.
– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE