There is a need for a ritual of consultation - Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

While President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) was received with much optimism, he has been criticized by some opposition parties for providing little detail on how he plans to address unemployment, inequality and various other issues facing South Africa.

On Friday, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said too many conferences and summits were announced by the president‚ and not enough clear plans for fixing the problems.

Responding to the SONA , General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (SACC) Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says a process of consultation is necessary and will help bridge what he says is a trust deficit between civil society and government.

There is almost a need for a ritual of consultation in that civil society organisations have been screaming at government for the last several years about government not listening but also going in the wrong direction.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (SACC)

There is no end to what people think should be done and I think it makes sense at this point of transition, there is the ritual of putting those heads together even if you already have your plans.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (SACC)

Speaking on the lack of consultation between government and communities affected by mining, Mpumlwana says more civil society organisations need to mobilise around special interests.

The more diffused communities are, the more difficult for them to have their voice heard because they are not well organised. Communities that are in the mining areas are so diffused.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (SACC)

If they are talking about consultation, they must know that we will demand that consultative process in the way that it matters to the various communities.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (SACC)

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This article first appeared on 702 : There is a need for a ritual of consultation - Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana


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