CAPE TOWN Mostly sunny. Mild.

MIN15
MAX19
7 day
  • Wednesday 15-20°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Thursday 15-20°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Friday 15-20°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Saturday 16-20°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Sunday 15-18°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Monday 14-19°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
More News

Zuma urges Tutu to stay out of politics

2014-05-05 20:18

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma hit back at Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Monday for his criticism of the ANC, two days before general polls.

"My understanding is that bishops and pastors are there to pray for those who go wrong, not to enter into political lives," Zuma told journalists after the Anglican archbishop emeritus last month questioned the calibre of the country's leaders.

Known as South Africa's moral compass, Tutu has been very critical of the ANC government's graft scandals and poor governance.

A few weeks ago he reaffirmed that the ruling party would not get his ballot in the 7 May elections.

"I have said I won't vote for them and say it with a very heavy heart," he lamented after saying the new leaders fell short of liberation heroes like Nelson Mandela.

Zuma's government has limped from one scandal to another, the most prominent being R230m in state-paid security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.

This has prompted a group of ANC stalwarts to call on voters to spoil their ballot - a campaign which Tutu supported.

But Zuma disapproved of the measure.

"For pastors to say don't vote... I think to me that is a problem. That is entering into a political thing."

His statements come despite the fact that numerous clergymen from different religions have attended campaign rallies of the ANC, and even prayed for the party's victory.

Other political parties also often invoke religion in their support.

Relations between the "Arch" and the ANC have been prickly in recent years, but the party has carefully worded its responses to the often-public diatribes of a popular figure.

"I respect pastors, I respect bishops. That is his views, it is his own views, and he talks to people," Zuma said on Monday.

Download the News24 elections app from one of these stores.

  

Read more on: anc  |  jacob zuma  |  desmond tutu  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
EFF pats itself on the back after painting Soweto red

The EFF has patted itself on the back for launching a successful 2016 local government elections. Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi praised the party and thanked its members and supporters following the launch which took place at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Civil servants need to put ordinary South Africans first - KZN premier

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has called on civil servants to put ordinary South Africans first.

How do they expect people to live like this? - Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has blamed President Jacob Zuma and the ANC for bad living conditions in Zandspruit during a visit to the informal settlement.

Go out and vote - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to exercise their democratic right by going out in their numbers to vote.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
296 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |