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The Ja­cob G Zuma Foun­da­tion is to work with the Ro­man Catholic Church to im­prove the ex­ist­ing isiZulu trans­la­tion of the Bi­ble.

The foun­da­tion, es­tab­lished by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, an­nounced its part­ner­ship with the church in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

As the foun­da­tion’s pa­tron, Zuma is ex­pected at the St Joseph’s Cathe­dral in Mar­i­annhill, KwaZu­luNatal, to­day to hand over a R500 000 cheque that will go to­wards the project.

In its state­ment, the foun­da­tion said: “As a speaker of isiZulu, Pres­i­dent Zuma has long felt that the ex­ist­ing isiZulu trans­la­tion of the Scrip­tures is in­ad­e­quate and so a new ver­sion will now be di­rectly trans­lated from Bib­li­cal lan­guages, such as He­brew and Ara­maic, straight into the isiZulu lan­guage.”

Though many main­tain there should be a clear dis­tinc­tion be­tween re­li­gion and the state, the pres­i­dent has never been afraid to es­pouse Christian ideas in his pub­lic state­ments.

At his tra­di­tional pre-Christ­mas gath­er­ing in Nkandla, Zuma re­port­edly told a group of el­derly peo­ple that priests should pray for God to send Je­sus back to Earth be­cause there were so many sins be­ing com­mit­ted in South Africa. Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times, Zuma was speak­ing off the cuff when he said: “The sins we have to­day are more than those that Je­sus came to sal­vage. I ask the priests to ask God to send His son to come back again to cleanse our sins.” In its state­ment, the foun­da­tion said the new ver­sion of the isiZulu Bi­ble would be “more ac­cu­rate and closer to the orig­i­nal man­u­script”.

Ac­cord­ing to the foun­da­tion, the last isiZulu trans­la­tion of the Bi­ble was done by the Bi­ble So­ci­ety of SA in 1959.

“This work will cul­mi­nate in a more rel­e­vant Zulu Bi­ble, which is con­sid­ered a crit­i­cal evan­ge­li­sa­tion tool for both wor­ship­pers and schol­ars,” the foun­da­tion said.

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