Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Thursday morning appealed to Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa acted to ensure that “hypocrites” and “thieves” in the ANC returned the money they had stolen.
He also demands that they be prosecuted for their crimes.
In a video recording, he called for a new anti-corruption campaign launched by the South African Council of Churches, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights and the Council for the Promotion of the South African Constitution.
Representatives of the organizations met on Monday with the ANC’s top six, led by Ramaphosa.
The churches were represented by Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana.
The organizations say that “the ruling party leadership in itself is in jeopardy”.
“There comes a time when the moral decay of some in positions of authority and in the private sector undermines the idea of nationality and the underlying value of public service. We are obliged to argue: This is not how we will be known as a nation.
“We refuse to allow corrupt networks in different provinces to engage in criminal activities by trampling on the rights of honest and law-abiding people,” they said.
Makgoba told Ramaphosa those who stole should wear orange overalls.
“At this time in the history of our land we must draw a line in the sand and say again: Thus saith the Lord, upon whom our hope is based; they must be sent to jail where they must wear orange overalls. ”
He compared the atrocities to genocide.