South African Bishops ask political parties to avoid violence

South African Bishops ask political parties to avoid violence

EPA2024617_ArticoloThe Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) urged all the political parties to avoid statements that could provoke election violence and civil war.

Bishop Abel Gabuza‚ the Chairperson of the SACBC Justice and Peace Commission had issued the call on behalf of the Conference on Monday. “We have seen the evil consequences of civil war in other African countries‚ including massive loss of lives‚ a refugee crisis and irreparable damage to the economy. We do not want our nation to take such a path. We, therefore, appeal to all political parties to refrain from actions and rhetoric that could fuel election violence and civil war,” the Bishop said.

Bishop Gabuza emphasized to avoid violent protests and excessive force from the part of police to curb the protest. “If the government wants to stop violent protests‚ it should be serious in its efforts to tackle the root causes‚ including the rising economic inequalities‚ youth unemployment‚ a culture of patronage and the fierce scramble for political positions -especially when these positions are considered as an opportunity for self-enrichment,” the Bishop explained in the statement.