The general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, said he would approach the government to find out if there is a guideline on how ministers should behave in public.
This after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula made offensive remarks referencing criticism of the COVID-19 Taxi Relief Fund he launched on Tuesday.
Mbalula has since apologized for the remarks saying they were unfortunate and should not have been made in public. He apologized to the government and the public for any embarrassment he may have caused.
Mpulwana says leaders need to be careful what they say in a country struggling with gender-based violence.
“The unfortunate remarks made by Minister Mbalula demand that we raise the issue with the government. As to whether there is not a moral code that ministers must respect in their public communication. Not only was the choice of language inappropriate, but it was more serious for the sexual analogies he was making. In a society reeling from femicide. Killing women by their lovers,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says.
The Taxi Relief Fund aims to help mitigate the impact of the COVID pandemic on the taxi industry and will be shared by minibuses and taxi meters and email operators.
VIDEO: Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula describes the implementation of the Taxi Relief Fund