On a mission from God to JZ

2010-09-26 11:31

ANC delegates at the party’s national general council (NGC) in Durban this week had to contend with an ­unusual problem: a man of God.

The young, persistent lay preacher demanded to see President Jacob Zuma so he could spread the word of God to him and the delegates.

On Thursday morning Bandile Ngubo (17) appeared at the main ­entrance to the Durban Exhibition Centre. And the delegates who passed by were not amused.

To their surprise, the young lad – bible in hand – started yelling: “God loves you! Tell Zuma he did not make himself president! God made him! Repent! Repent.”

As the delegates descended from a bridge crossing the road from the parking lot to the venue, Ngubo screamed at them: “Many people have been asking (sic) bad things about Zuma, but he is president because God wants him to. He did not make himself president.”

Ngubo hails from Kwa-MaKhutha outside Durban and is a member of the local chapter of the Jesus ­Dominion International Church.

Clad in a black and brown striped shirt, a pair of army trousers and black sandals, the teenager initially refused to give City Press his ­personal details.

He threatened: “God will punish you if you write nonsense. Why do you want my name?”

He changed his mind a few minutes later and gave us his name, age and contact details.

From 9am until about 10am, Ngubo was on a mission – screaming out God’s word irrespective of whether anybody cared to listen.

At times he closed his eyes, pointed a finger to the sky and spread God’s message.

Some of the delegates, especially elderly women, welcomed his teachings. They responded “Amen! Amen!” when the teenager shouted “God loves you! Repent”.

However, some delegates and ANC queue marshals were unimpressed. “Who gave you the mandate to tell us what you are saying?” asked one delegate in the queue.

Another, in whose face Ngubo shouted “It is God who made Zuma the president”, quickly responded: “It cannot be. It is the ANC.”

But Ngubo was unfazed and ­escalated his preaching.

A marshal threatened to chase him from the gate “unless you stop making noise”, to which Ngubo ­responded: “I leave you to God to punish you.”

When a delegate asked if he was an ANC member, he shot back: “I would not be here if I was not an ANC member.”

After more than 30 minutes into Ngubo’s preaching, a marshal told her colleagues that the lay preacher “is getting on my nerves. It is even worse because he is not quoting any biblical scripture or verse, just making lot of noise,” she complained.

Ngubo’s mission ended abruptly when he had a verbal exchange with a delegate, Johannes Sekhwela, for a few minutes.

Sekhwela said: “He asked if Zuma was here because he wanted to see him and preach to the council. But I told him we cannot listen to him and do organisational work at the same time.”

Ngubo said he did not know about the NGC and was just going about his daily work of spreading the word of God.
He added that people must know and appreciate the word of God “because if you do not appreciate, you depreciate.

And if you do anything without God you will not succeed”.

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