Speaking at a Council of Churches briefing at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, Secretary General of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), says South Africa is just inches away from becoming a mafia state.
The SACC released their ‘Unburdening Panel’ report created after former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas made the allegations of state capture and corruption by the Gupta family.
The document contains information from South Africans who have came forward to disclose corruption without the fear of intimidation. The four member panel is a moral response to the promise of a free post-apartheid South Africa.
Mpumlwana says it is their responsibility as the church to protect South Africans.
“… we have come to recognise that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return, a recipe for a failed state. I might be sounding alarmist but anchoring democracy is our campaign pillar that has huge cross cutting impact on everything else in the land. It is here that our prophetic ministry coincides with our civic responsibility at its thickest.”
Mpulmwana says the incidents indicate a purposeful attempt to generate chaos in South Africa in a bid to ensure state capture and concentration of wealth.
Mphumlwana says some of the information has been handed to the African National Congress, Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Hawks head Anwa Dramat
and former IEC head Brigalia Bam were in attendance.