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Entering through the narrow gate and walking the hard road: The role of Christian leaders in exposing moral evil in the South African workplace

Louise Kretzschmar
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 79, No 2 | a2120 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v79i2.2120 | © 2014 Louise Kretzschmar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 June 2013 | Published: 17 September 2014

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Louise Kretzschmar, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The South African workplace is a complex one; it is influenced by our conflict-ridden past and it needs to meet a host of contemporary challenges. This article discusses the nature and outworking of moral evil in the workplace with reference to the local government sector. It is argued that in counteracting incompetence, a lack of responsibility, injustice towards honest staff, narrow group solidarity and the abusive exercise of executive authority, Christian leaders can legitimately and constructively engage in the public space. In order to do so, they need to deepen their relationship with God,develop moral discernment, and grow in their ability to act responsibly in the cause of human solidarity.

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