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THE CHURCH’S PROPHETIC ROLE IN THE FACE OF CORRUPTION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIO-POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
This article concerns itself with the silence of the Church in South Africa since 1994. It opens by reflecting on the prevalent corruption in high places. There is a historical reference of how the Church and politics during the apartheid era worked in synergy to address the plight of the victims of prejudice, oppression, and racism. The Church’s prophetic role diminished to a certain degree, regardless of the democratically elected Presidents’ affirmations of the critical role of the Church in transforming the society. High profile Christians in government structures fail to influence the political power when passing the unjust laws. From their positions of power, they utter and promote statements and laws that expedite the negative impacts on humanity such as the perpetual marginalisation from human rights and access to resources etc. The remedial suggestions include an appeal to return to God, return to the Constitution of the land; and return to the transparent dialogue. The Church then is called upon to induce and arouse new ways of effecting a stronger sense of morality in the lives of people in South African society.
Keywords: Prophetic, Corruption, Church, Politics, Religion