The SA Council of Churches (SACC) on Friday expressed gratitude to political parties, security forces and ordinary citizens for the peace and stability which prevailed during the August 3 local government elections.
“We wish to make the point that the democratic culture and democratic ethic is a shared responsibility between citizens and government. Citizens, through their elected representatives, are core creators of the levers of the State and its institutions,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, general secretary of the SACC, told reporters in Tshwane.
He said elections were a contractual mechanism between citizens and the State in the work of governance.
“A poser however remains for citizens beyond the elections date, of sustaining a healthy understanding of their responsibility as partners in governmental ethos for the common good. For the 2016 local government elections, the SACC observer mission declares that the elections were good and fair and a good basis for the moral contract being established between the citizens and those elected.”
Mpumlwana congratulated the people of South Africa for the peaceful nature of the elections which saw millions flocking to polling stations without fears, save for the unfriendly weather experienced in some parts of the country.
The SACC saluted the governing African National Congress for conceding defeat in the hotly contested and significant Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
“There were no street protests clamouring for the denial of results, there were no military troops threatening the integrity of our democracy – these are things we take for granted and we should not,” said Mpumlwana.
– African News Agency (ANA)