President Jacob Zuma lashed out once again at the unruly behavior of the members of parliament, especially to him.
Speaking to thousands of people present at the Twelve Apostles in Christ church at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday, President Zuma said such disrespectful attitude towards him does not conform with teachings of the Christian holy book, the Bible and is against his status as the president.
I really wish that this teaching was listened to by everyone in South Africa, Zuma said as he went on to explain how he feels when the parliament turns chaotic, especially when he’s in their midst.
“The Constitution says that we should be united as the people of South Africa. I am happy that the chief apostle spoke at length about how politicians should behave. He gave us wisdom. Our behavior should be acceptable to society and to God.
Zuma has on several occasions been embarrassed by members of the House of Assemble. BuzzSouthAfrica reported that the embittered president once told Speaker Baleka Mbete to call the house to order following the “drama‚ theatrics and antics displayed by members of the house.
Zuma faced a similar situation at his first public appearance after an ANC NEC meeting 10 days ago in which several of his appointed ministers led a call for him to step down.
The president, however, lauded the country’s democracy but warned that political violence needed to be terminated immediately.
“Next week we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our democratic Constitution,
“The chief apostle [of the church] spoke at length about the content of our Constitution. The Constitution grants our people the rights that ensure they enjoy a life they never could before,” Zuma said, adding that it was government’s responsibility to ensure that what is in the Constitution was realized.
The president also lauded the chief apostle for giving a realistic explanation of why the parliament must end their unruly behaviors perform their duties and happening in Parliament is unacceptable. I really wish that this teaching was listened to by everyone in South Africa,” Zuma said.
Sittings of Parliament have been regularly disrupted by opposition parties, particularly the Economic Freedom Fighters, the president said.
Chief apostle Caesar Nongqunga, ended his speech by defending the ANC and Zuma saying it was not a sin for the government to upgrade the home of the president, a clear reference to the Nkandla scandal.
He, therefore, called for an end to political violence and called for forgiveness for all, including Zuma.
eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede also called on the congregants to pray for Zuma saying he was under attack from the devil.