The President, Jacob Zuma, has received a strong lash from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba who seems to disagree with his demand that churches disengage themselves from politics.
The clergy, who was delivering a Christmas sermon on Sunday, said the church will ignore Zuma’s call for the Church stay clear of state politics.
“Can you believe it?” he asked a congregation attending midnight Mass at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town.
“A president of a democratic South Africa telling the Church to stay out of politics? You would be forgiven for thinking that you had climbed into a time machine and gone back 30 years into the past, when apartheid presidents said the same thing.” Makgoba added as he raised a question of whether religious communities in South Africa should withdraw their moral support for the Government.
Makgoba further noted that as the country looks forward to 2017, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) will still be at war with itself and would be crippled by division to the degree that some serving members of the Cabinet believe the President must step down.
“As a result we see a government becoming paralysed by an inability to achieve policy certainty and to chart a clear way ahead. People of faith need to begin asking: At what stage do we, as churches, as mosques, as synagogues, withdraw our moral support for a democratically-elected government?”
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, however said that SA’s democracy was vibrant and thus should continued to be united as one.
‘South Africa is not broken” he said
“We have a sound Constitution and we have seen over this past year that we have resilient institutions. The courts, especially the Constitutional Court, civil society, the media, whistle-blowers in the government and private sector, and the many honest and hard-working public servants we do have—they are all doing their jobs well.” he added.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop said Churches are not doing enough to end all the political crisis that has drastically dwindled the progress of the nation.