Monday, April 6, 2009

Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference: "SACBC Media Statement by Cardinal Napier on the NPA decision not to prosecute Mr Jacob Zuma"

(Southern African Catholic Press Releases )

Article by Marc Aupiais

Disclaimer: the following email: sent to us by the Information Officer of the SACBC  (Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference ), which is the hierarchical structure of the church over South Africa : is presented word for word. It must be noted: that by doing so we imply no endorsement of their views: which are their own: nor do we imply disagreement with them: all we imply by publishing the details of an email we received: and which we verify is from Fr Chris Townsend of the SACBC : is that we believe that this email, which we quote: is of interest to our viewers and other parties concerned:

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The Views of Cardinal Wilfred Napier of the Archdiocese of Durban : on the Jacob Zuma "Arms Deal " related
 situation: received
 from the Bishops' Conference  at 16:30 (32 minutes ago) Today:

"---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Fr Chris Townsend < >
Date: 2009/4/6
Subject: SACBC Media Statement by Cardinal Napier on the NPA decision not to prosecute Mr Jacob Zuma


Contents of message received by our organization:
"Media Statement by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban and Spokesman for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

The NPA decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Jacob Zuma has denied both Mr Zuma and the Country the chance to establish his innocence or guilt once-and-for-all through the normal process of a court of law.
However, in the interests of peace, healing and reconciliation, we appeal to all parties involved touse this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to commit themselves to good governance, with the expected accountability and transparency. It is crucial that all in position of responsibility learn from this episode to shun corruption in all its forms.
Let us now focus the energies of the nation on many serious problems that face South Africans who have suffered as a result of this waste of precious resources.
Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM
Archbishop of Durban
Spokesman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Issued on behalf of Cardinal Napier by Fr Chris Townsend, Information Officer, Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). All Media queries to Fr Chris please. +27 (0)82 783 4729.
Fr Chris Townsend
Information Officer
Office for Communication and Media.
Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)
P.O.Box 941 Pretoria 0001 South Africa
Khanya House - 399 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 (0)12 323 6458
Fax: +27 (0) 12 326 6218
Mobile: +27(0)82 783 4729 Please consider the environment before printing this email"

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