- Jul 12, 2020
As South Africa prepares for the COVID-19 pandemic to get worse in the country, Church leaders are warning that the country must work to become more economically inclusive once the crisis is over.
Church officials and experts in Africa say domestic violence is rising during government-enforced measures to fight COVID-19. Now, African Catholic leaders want the crimes tackled.
Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of Klerksdorp, the chair of the social action department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), blames the violence on the “xenophobic populism” promoted by some politicians.
The South African Council of Churches has called for the dissolving of parliament and new general elections after a panel found severe corruption in government. In a statement the council said that members of parliament display “complete moral bankruptcy in the execution of their responsibilities in upholding the laws of the land.”