Hypocrisy for Zuma to lash religious leaders
ONCE again President Zuma opened his mouth to change feet on January 6 when addressing ANC supporters in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, by saying “We mustn’t forget Christmas, because these things are the same. The birth of Jesus, who came to free people of sin, is like the birth of the ANC, who freed the people from oppression.”
This comes barely a month after Zuma addressed the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ thanksgiving event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on December 4, when he said: “It doesn’t sit well with us when we see church leaders involving themselves in politics and creating problems.”
These utterances from a president who misuses religion to his own advantage, and that of the ANC, while on the campaign trail.
Zuma, an “honorary pastor” of the Full Gospel Church, which according to the utterances of Jacob (not from the Old Testament) should be excluded from any political activity – but alas it is a matter of “do as I say and not as I do”.
Zuma went to the extent of comparing himself to Jesus at a meeting in Mpumalanga on November 19 last year, when he said: “Because we are doing good things, we are hated. Even those who were with Jesus turned against him.”
Who can forget some of these classic examples of Prophet Jacob Zuma dragging religion into politics:
“When you are carrying an ANC membership card, you are blessed. When you get up there, there are different cards used, but when you have an ANC card, you will be let through to go to Heaven. When (Jesus) fetches us we will find (those in the beyond) wearing black, green and gold. The holy ones belong to the ANC.”
Churches have become powerful campaign platforms for Zuma and other ANC politicians whose attendance at big religious events is intended as passive endorsement for their parties.
Zuma has during elections attended and sought support at the following major religious institutions and many smaller ones:
It would seem that Zuma is happy for religious leaders to comment on politics when they support him and the ANC, but as soon they comment on their shortcomings, then they must be good children and be seen and not heard.
The Anglican bishops in the Western Cape responded by rejecting Zuma’s call for religious leaders to stay away from politics. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba responded in his sermon at midnight mass on Christmas Eve by saying: “No, Mr President, we will not refrain from engagement in the political terrain. Our people live there, work there, suffer, cry and struggle there. We live there too and cannot and will not stop commenting or acting on what we see and what, in our opinion, is unjust, corrupt and unacceptable to God’s high standards of sacrificial love.”
When will Zuma learn that the more he opens his mouth, the more votes he loses? Witbank
CURRYING FAVOUR: President Jacob Zuma greets ANC supporters on Vilakazi Street in Orlando, Soweto, this week. The writer reckons that Zuma taking clerics to task is misplaced and unfair.