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Concourt ruling a resounding affirmation of democracy and rule of law

Friday 01 April 2016 I For immediate release

Yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court is a resounding affirmation of South Africa’s democratic institutions and the ultimate rule of law in our country, says The Salvation Army.

Territorial Commander of the Southern African Territory of The Salvation Army, Colonel Keith Conrad, said this in reaction to yesterday’s Constitutional Court unaminous ruling on the upgrades to the Nkandla residence of President Jacob Zuma.

“We regard this ruling by the highest court in the land as an answer to the fervent prayers that we have been offering for our country, particularly over the recent Easter period during which we called for a day of prayer for South Africa.

“I call on President Jacob Zuma to respond, not with bluster and bombast, but by entering into a period of humble reflection and earnest prayer in respect of this ruling, which represents the most monumental censure of his entire presidency. I remind him of the words from the Bible (2 Chronicles 7:14): ‘If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’

“We note in particular the censure handed out to the ANC-controlled National Assembly for its failure to hold President Jacob Zuma to account. We are deeply saddened by the failure of this august body to perform its duties in an exemplary manner, and we call on all our democratically elected representatives to undertake a similar exercise of humble reflection on their duties in representing the people of South Africa,” Colonel Conrad added.

He added that the present Public Protector retires from her duties towards the end of the year. “The Salvation Army trusts that this ruling means that this office, and whoever occupies it, will enjoy a much greater respect from the Executive than it has hitherto been afforded, and will continue to perform its duties in an exemplary manner.”

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.


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