Anglican Reverend, Barney Pityana has lashed out at President Zuma for trying to promote hatred and rancor in the body of christ.
In a stern warning issued on Sunday, Pityana expressed disappointment with the president for making his grudges against religious leaders public, instead of approaching the South African Council of Churches.
The defiant clergyman said it’s glaring Zuma has made enough enemies, but insisted that he should refrain from making an enemy out of the church. “Has he not made enough enemies as it is? I would have thought he has made enough enemies. He should not be making enemies with the church,” Pityana quipped.
Reverend Barney Pityana maintained that the church has every right to talk against the Zuma-led government because “he [Zuma] personifies everything that is contrary to what churches stand for in his moral life, his ethical life and in his corrupt dealings, and in every respect.”
On Sunday, while addressing thousands of members of the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ during the international Thanksgiving Day event at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, President Jacob Zuma attacked church leaders for being preoccupied with politics, rather than praying for the country. Some religious leaders such as Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, Thabo Makgoba had severally lashed out at Zuma for leading a corrupt government.
They also asked him to kindly step down in order the save the face of the ruling party and the country. “It is sad to see the church leaders getting mired in matters of politics instead of praying for leaders. I urge the church to pray for us as leaders pray for our people to stop the hatred,” Zuma said.
Speaking also, Premier Willies Mchunu slammed the EFF for belittling and humiliating President Zuma in Parliament. “It is a disgrace that he (Zuma) is abused by children who never went through what he experienced,” Mchunu said.
Other ANC loyalists who were present at the occasion upheld also that it is a sin to fight and hate rival parties. They also called on God to protect the president from all kinds of evil.
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