The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, offers his thoughts to the members of the ANC’s elective conference as they prepare to meet, from Saturday (16 December) to Wednesday, to elect a new leader who will be its candidate for the 2019 South African presidential elections.
In South Africa, we have been waiting, praying and anticipating a renaissance of values-based, ethical and moral leadership for nearly ten years. We are now on destiny’s doorstep.
As people of faith, our hope is always in God and not in any political party or in whoever a party may choose as its leader. But, as church leaders said in a joint statement over this weekend, we do need political leaders of integrity who will put the common good above all else.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. At the upcoming ANC Conference, branch representatives have the opportunity of a lifetime: to put all factional, partisan interests aside, to follow their consciences and to be the architects of a flourishing South Africa.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not come – all we have is today. Your choice, your votes will determine not only your future, but the future of your children, your grandchildren and their grandchildren’s future.
I have a simple message: Make your decision as if you were going to die tomorrow. You are not a voter for the ANC, not even a delegate. You are an awakener.
You are the voice of tomorrow’s South Africa. You face a moment of decision in which you will shape your destiny and the destiny of our beloved country.
You have a choice: to open the window of equality of opportunity for all South Africans or to put us at risk of another decade of moral famine. For the sake of our common future, please choose wisely.
You will be in our prayers.