The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) on Tuesday distanced itself from a priest who purportedly represented it at a meeting between religious leaders and the African National Congress (ANC) Top Six following the Constitutional Court judgement that found President Jacob Zuma “failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution”.
The ZCC said the priest has brought the church into disrepute.
“Among the group was a male leader who paraded himself wearing ZCC insignia. As the said individual was part of the religious leaders making the call for President Jacob Zuma to resign and declaring that they rejected his apology, a wrong impression was created that ZCC was part of the group,” the church said.
“We would like to state categorically and on record that the person in question was not mandated or appointed by the ZCC to represent it in that forum.
“Our internal processes to verify his ZCC membership are currently under way and we will deal with the matter internally. His presence or conduct at the meeting, wearing the church’s emblem has brought the church into disrepute.”
Last month Zuma was found by the Constitutional Court to be in breach of the supreme law of the land when he failed to heed Public Protectors Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action that required him to pay for non-security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence. About R250 million of taxpayers money was used on the upgrades that included a amphitheatre, cattle kraal and swimming pool.
However, the ZCC said its work was not to judge anyone, including the country’s leaders, but to communicate with God through prayer.
“Ours is to pray for a peaceful country, its leaders and institutions of State. Even under these current uncertain circumstances, it is our firm belief that God knows best and we communicate with him through prayer. We remind our people not to judge, as there is only one judge – God.”
The ZCC cautioned members against any actions that may harm “its good name” including aligning the church to a particular political view.
The meeting between ANC leaders and representatives of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC) on Friday saw the church leaders calling for Zuma to resign.
SACC general secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, said the faith-based community “could not sit and do nothing when the country was imploding,” and had to ask Zuma to think about the implications of his continued stay in the high office.
source: The Citizen