Southern African bishops call for an end to violence and looting – Catholic World Report

Catholic bishops in Southern Africa have called for an end to violence and looting that has led to the deaths of 72 people. People were trampled to death this week amid looting and rioting in the streets of two South African provinces, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, where violence broke out following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. The South African Bishop Sithembele Sipuka issued a statement on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) on July 13 condemning the violence. “Let us not allow the difference of opinion on political matters to be hijacked by criminal intentions to create anarchy in our country that will result in worse social and economic situation than we presently find ourselves in,” said Sipuka, the president of the SACBC, an episcopal conference comprising the Catholic bishops of South Africa, Botswana, and Swaziland. “To those who incite this violence and looting for political ends, we call upon them to rise above political interests, to protect life, and to preserve the common good,” the bishop said. The mass looting began after the former South African president was imprisoned on July 8 for contempt of court for refusing to testify before a judicial commission for an investigation into allegations of corruption during his presidency.

Southern African bishops call for an end to violence and looting – Catholic World Report

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