Cape Town archbishop offers tentative support to African National Congress leader

Statement from Archbishp Thabo Makgoba

South Africa’s faith community will support the ANC’s new leaders – but only if they work together to re-establish values-based, ethical and moral leadership, says Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. 
 
He said he looked forward to “critical engagement” with the leadership. “The country is looking to them to work for the common good, to promote equality of opportunity and to uphold the highest ethical standards.” 
 
The full text of his statement follows: 
 
“On behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the National Church Leaders’ Forum, I congratulate the new leadership of the ANC on their election.
 
“As people of faith, our hope is always in God and not in any political party or leader. But we do need leaders of integrity who will put the common good above all else.
 
“I look forward to critical engagement with the new leaders of the ANC. The country is looking to them to work for the common good, to promote equality of opportunity and to uphold the highest ethical standards.
 
“The new leaders and their supporters can count on the support of the faith community – but only if they work together to re-establish values-based, ethical and moral leadership.”
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