Church groups call for due processes to be followed in Phala Phala matter

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches

Amidst calls from political, business and union voices for swift action on the Phala Phala saga, spokesmen for South African Church groups have called for the country’s Constitutional processes to be allowed to play out.

The general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says in a statement released last Friday that the country has systems which are strong enough to deal with the matter. He was reacting to a statement by the SACP that if the matter was not properly handled, South Africa could implode.

He said the Section 89 panel report handed to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Wednesday November 30 was only the first step in a long process that could determine whether the president would be impeached.

“The only problem is when people do not stick to the systems that are constitutionally prescribed, it cannot implode because everything is there in our systems. Sometimes people say I like so and so but we must always be consistent and informed with the rules that have been established. That’s why we have them.”

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The International Federation of Christian Churches last weekend called on the president to take the nation into his confidence about what really happened on his farm. However, it urged the nation to be calm while all legal processes were being followed by Parliament and other bodies.

“We as leaders of society call on all South Africans to allow the processes to unfold and to safeguard the institutions that are dealing with the matter from any influence from various quarters. We fought hard for this democracy, and we should protect its integrity and be patient; our country needs leaders with integrity and a strong moral standard,” the federaton said.

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba also weighed in on the pane report last Friday. He emphasised that while no person is above the law, passing judgement on the basis of a preliminary investigation before final determination of the facts could lead to “lawlessness in South Africa”.

“If the President loses the political support of his party before a final determination of his conduct is made, I call for the establishment of a government of national unity under a respected elder to stabilise the country until the next election,” he said.

Ramaphosa, who has denied any wrongdoing in the matter revolving around the theft of a large amount of US dollars from his Phala Phala farm, has taken the Section 89 panel report, which found the president had a case to answer, under judicial reivew by the Constitutional Court.

Parliament is scheduled to vote on the panel report next Tuesday.

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  1. What concerns me is that political leaders who claim to side with the poor see nothing inconsistent in possessing personal wealth and property to the extent that they do, while a large number of people who trusted them with their votes are sitting in abject poverty – the basic fact that he owns Phala Phala in the first place.