Sat, 19 Sep 2020

In a statement on Monday SACC General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said national church leaders had dedicated September to highlight Covid-19 corruption.

On Tuesday, prayers will be held in all nine provinces to declare that, "corruption is not our heritage".

"We will be in silent prayer because the churches are speechless at this level of revolting fraud," said Mpumlwana, adding:

We are saying as the churches, and active citizens, that 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.

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The church leaders will take an hour standing in total silence, praying, and carrying anti-corruption messages on placards, with the hashtag #CorruptionIsNotMyHeritage.

They are expected to stage the prayers in front of various provincial locations, including the Union Buildings in Tshwane.

According to the statement, the campaign follows the moral call against Covid-19 corruption issued in August by six organisations, who call themselves the Moral Call Collective.

The organisations include the SACC, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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