Cape Town, South Africa, Oct 16, 2017 / 20:36 pm
South Africa's Conference of Catholic Bishops has pushed for the development of an anti-corruption court, citing the damage to the country's morale after a long standing corruption case against President Jacob Zuma.
"We urge constitutional experts and the Law Reform Commission to guide the nation on the feasibility of establishing an anti-corruption court," said Bishop Abel Gabuza of Kimberley, chairman of the conference's Justice and Peace Commission.
"When allegations of corruption hang over the head of a sitting president for this long‚ something gives way. In our case‚ the moral fiber of our nation has suffered massive damage as a result of people losing confidence in the office of the president."
On Friday, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a 2016 ruling by the Pretoria High Court that 783 accounts of corruption could be reinstated against President Zuma.