Christian party: ANC must leave God alone
Johannesburg - The Christian Democratic Party has called on the ANC not to draw parallels between voting for the governing party and carrying out God's will.
“We insist that the ANC stops this blasphemy. God is not a political gimmick,” CDP leader Theunis Botha said in a statement on Tuesday.
The party, which has councillors in the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros, felt the ANC was showing "impertinence" by comparing the Freedom Charter, a document which sets out aspirations of equality, and the Bible, a text which documents Christian history and beliefs.
This was an attempt by the ruling party to portray itself as Christian and saintly, said Botha.
He complained it was doing this at the same time as not scrapping laws which permit abortion, gambling and pornography.
The party raised such objections before, with the latest statement being in response to Energy Minister Dipuo Peters' reported comments in Mossel Bay that principles of the Freedom Charter can be found in the Bible.