“Can you believe it?” he asked a congregation attending midnight Mass at St George's Cathedral, Cape Town.
He added: “As we look ahead to 2017, we see a ruling party at war with itself, crippled by division to the degree that some serving members of the Cabinet believe the President must step down. As a result we see a government becoming paralysed by an inability to achieve policy certainty and to chart a clear way ahead. People of faith need to begin asking: At what stage do we, as churches, as mosques, as synagogues, withdraw our moral support for a democratically-elected government?”
However, he said that South Africa's democracy was vibrant: “South Africa is not broken. We have a sound Constitution and we have seen over this past year that we have resilient institutions. The courts, especially the Constitutional Court, civil society, the media, whistle-blowers in the government and private sector, and the many honest and hard-working public servants we do have—they are all doing their jobs well.”
But, he added, the Church was not doing enough, and he announced a series of Lenten Bible studies for next year to address this.