Religious leaders plead with political leaders to "save" Nelson Mandela Bay

15:51 (GMT+2) Thu, 10 Oct 2019

Religious leaders in Nelson Mandela Bay have made an impassioned plea to President Cyril Ramaphos and Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, to work together to save the City.

The plea is contained in an open letter to the President and the DA leader, signed by the heads of 19 churches and groupings on Thursday.

"As the church leadership of this Metro, it pains us to bring to your attention as the national leaders of the two strongest local parties, the collapse of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, and the suffering it is causing among our parishioners and wider constituency, who are also your voters," they said.

The church leaders said that the decline of systems and service delivery caused by corruption and petty political warfare has reached alarming proportions.

"We call on you, as our nationally elected leaders to bring discipline into your respective party structures in the metro, and to instruct your members to work together in order to save the city. The time for party politics and the scoring of political points at the expense of the people living in the metro must cease," the church leaders said.

"Without your urgent intervention, the economy of this metro will collapse".