#SACBC - Statement on Soweto Looting

Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

"The Roman Catholic Bishops meeting in Pretoria condemns the wholesale looting, burning of shops and businesses in Soweto and call on the people involved not to allow themselves to be incited to such destruction.

To those who encourage and benefit from such looting we say that you are not only destroying buildings but the moral life of young people and the very name of our country. It is tragic that people have lost their lives and we extend our prayers to their families. To our brothers and sisters whose businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed we reach out to you in sincere sympathy. What has happened to you deeply disturbs us and we call on all Catholic and Christian communities and leaders to offer you all the practical help which they can muster.

We call on all parents in a special way to step in and offer guidance to their children and to all young people involved.

We call upon all our faithful to offer full support, co-operation and information necessary to the police and community leaders in their defence of those who have been victimised.

We assure the victims of our prayers. We want to say that this behaviour is not typical or acceptable by the majority of the Southern African people."

Issued at Pretoria, St. John Vianney Seminary, 23rd January 2015

Enquiries: Archbishop William Slattery OFM
Contact Number: 083 468 5473

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