SOUTH AFRICA’S ANGLICAN BISHOPS REJECT ZUMA’S CALL TO STAY OUT OF POLITICS

Anglican bishops in South Africa's Western Cape Province have rejected President Zuma's call for religious leaders to stay out of politics, according to Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

Makgoba said Sunday he was happy that some of the Anglican bishops in the Western Cape had rejected President Zuma's call for religious leaders to stay away from politics.

He said this when addressing congregants at the midnight mass at the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Saturday night.

I am pleased that the bishops and their chapters in the three Western Cape dioceses -- Cape Town, False Bay and Saldanha Bay -- have rejected President Zuma's comments and have told him very firmly and I quote: 'No, Mr President, we will not refrain from engagement in the political terrain. Our people live there, work there, suffer, cry and struggle there. We live there too and cannot and will not stop commenting or acting on what we see and what, in our opinion, is unjust, corrupt and unacceptable to God's high standards of sacrificial love'."

President Zuma recently said religious leaders should confine themselves to praying for the government instead of getting involved in politics. He said this when he responded to religious leaders who participated in a campaign calling on him to resign.

Makgoba also said that South Africans were still yearning for hope and the courage of leaders to stand up and speak truth.

We hear the cries from those on the edges of our society. Mr President, we will ignore your call made from the palaces of power where you and your fellow leaders live in comfort," he said.

"We will lament and ask God; where are you God when your people are marginalised and excluded? We will continue to wage the new struggle, the struggle for equality of opportunity, for equality of outcome and to end economic inequities.

South Africa is not broken. We have a sound Constitution. 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 have are all doing their jobs well.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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