11 December 2012

South Africa: Open Letter From Council of Churches, Kairos and Evangelical Alliance of South Africa

press release

Government has taken note of the open letter signed by Bishop Joe Seoka and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South African Council of Churches; Reverend Edwin Arrison of Kairos Southern Africa and Reverend Moss Ntlha of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, raising concerns about, amongst others, the "moral decay of the country".

Building a better society is the responsibility of every South African. Government is committed to working with all stakeholders to achieve the goal of a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. It is against this background that President Zuma, on 28 November 2012, met with the National Religious Leaders Council, an interfaith umbrella body representing the sector, to discuss challenges facing the country.

The meeting agreed that it is necessary to hold a Summit in the New Year, to discuss challenges facing the country so that the faith-based sector can make its contribution to making South Africa a better place for all.

We thank the signatories for raising the issues that they have raised as part of the debate of making South Africa a better place. It is hoped that they will be able to raise these views at the government-interfaith Summit so that we can all collectively work together to take the country forward.

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