About The Moral Regeneration Movement
The MRM is primarily a movement and not an organisation. It does not seek to replace or duplicate any of the existing initiatives and processes aimed at combating moral degeneration.
Its mandate is to be a networking platform for all these various processes and initiatives. Therefore, structures are put in place to facilitate the work of the MRM aimed primarily at facilitating the envisaged networks and partnerships. The MRM also seeks to promote local action and commitment from within the various communities of the country at their various levels of existence and operation.
A just, tolerant and moral society for the common good.
To initiate, facilitate and coordinate societal networks and programmes to regenerate and preserve our nation’s moral fibre.
- Responsibility & Accountability
- Honesty & Integrity
- Equity & Equality
- Respect & Tolerance
- Environmental Awareness
History of the MRM
The origins of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) date back to a meeting in June 1997 between former President, Nelson Mandela, key South African faith-based organisation leaders, former Deputy Minister of Education, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, and the SABC, to discuss spiritual transformation. At the meeting, President Mandela spoke about the role of religion in nation-building and social transformation, as well as the need for religious institutions to work with the state to overcome the “spiritual malaise” underpinning the crime problem.
“Our hopes and dreams, at times, seem to be overcome by cynicism, self-centredness and fear. This spiritual malaise sows itself as a lack of good spirit, as pessimism, or lack of hope and faith. And from it emerges the problems of greed and cruelty, of laziness and egotism, of personal and family failure. It both helps fuel the problems of crime and corruption and hinders our efforts to deal with them,” President Mandela stated.
Mandela then called upon religious leaders to become actively involved in a campaign which would subsequently become the Moral Regeneration Initiative. At a Moral Summit in October 1998, Mandela outlined some of the problems the Moral Regeneration Campaign would have to tackle as follows:
“The symptoms of our spiritual malaise are only too familiar. They include the extent of corruption both in the public and private sector, where office and positions of responsibility are treated as opportunities for self-enrichment; the corruption that occurs within our justice system; violence in interpersonal relations and families, in particular, the shameful record of abuse of women and children; and the extent of tax evasion and refusal to pay for services used.”
The Moral Regeneration Movement was launched on the 18th of April 2002 at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. The launch was attended by leaders in civil society, government, political parties, religion and labour, and delegates from all the nine provinces.