Zuma Left Red-faced After Comments About Church Leaders and Politics Backfires

Jacob Zuma

The Anglican Church wasn’t all that impressed when Zuma told religious leaders to ‘stay out of politics’, and the Archbishop even made a point of calling the president out on it in his Christmas sermon.

Earlier this month Zuma called out religious leaders who ‘involve themselves’ in politics, adding that they should instead stick to praying for the ANC.

Now, as unbelievable as it might seem, there is a chance that el presidente is completely unaware that the ANC was, in fact, founded in a church and that throughout the party’s history religion played a major role in its operation.

Anyway, chatting to the Twelve Apostles’ church earlier in December Zuma essentially said religious leaders had no business getting involved in politics.

“It doesn’t sit well with us when we see church leaders involving themselves in politics and creating problems, instead of bringing people together. What we’re really asking from church leaders is that they pray for us,” the president said.

That didn’t sit well with Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who said Zuma’s comments were a throwback to similar comments made by the Apartheid government.

The president quickly tried to clarify his position, saying that what he actually meant was that religious leaders shouldn’t get involved in political mudslinging.

 

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