Earlier this month, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma called on SA churches to stay away from politics but pray for political leaders.
Then, Mr President lamented that it’s uncool to see that SA churches and church leaders are increasingly abandoning their prayer duties, and are actively getting engaged with politics.
Zuma reportedly said:
“It is sad to see the church and church leaders getting mired into matters of politics instead of praying for leaders.
Instead of bringing communities together, they are creating more problems in politics.
I urge the church to pray for us as leaders‚ pray for our people to stop the hatred. I urge you to assist us to build a stable nation built on love.”
While Zuma was heavily criticized for the remarks, it was demanded of him to stop trash-talking the church because they’re agitating against his corrupt practices.
In response to the criticisms, Mr Zuma issued a statement yesterday saying he didn’t appeal to religious leaders to be apolitical but merely cautioned them to avoid being drawn into divisive party political squabbles.
Zuma again expressed that religious leaders should avoid becoming embroiled in divisive party political squabbles and that they should ideally strive to be above such and unite all the people in the pursuit of justice, righteousness and the common good.
“It is the President’s view that it would be helpful if religious leaders rose above the mudslinging so that they could be able to mediate and bring about peace where the need arises.
“President Zuma understands, appreciates and commends the role that the faith-based community played in the struggle for liberation which led to the dawn of freedom and democracy in our country.
“Government also values the role that the faith-based sector continue to play in the reconstruction and development of our country and in promoting national unity,” read the Presidency’s statement.