Zuma wants churches to help

2014-11-30 21:12


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Johannesburg - Religious leaders should point out mistakes and recommend solutions, President Jacob Zuma said at the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ International Thanksgiving Day in Durban on Sunday.

"The religious sector should be relied upon to point out mistakes in a constructive manner and recommend solutions, without becoming permanent critics of everything that government does," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"This is notwithstanding the fact that the Church has the sacred right and duty to always stand for the truth and provide the entire society with a moral compass," he said.

"That is why we value our association with the religious sector as a whole including other faiths, as we can work together to build this country."

The ceremony was to mark 20 years' unbroken service by Professor Caesar Nongqunga.

Zuma said the ANC had it roots in the church, which "continues to play its role with distinction in the nurturing and growth of the ANC and the South African society as a whole".

The faith-based sector made an "immense contribution" in the struggle for liberation in South Africa, braving tyranny and persecution.

"A celebration of freedom is thus a celebration of the contribution of the church as well to the struggle for freedom and democracy," he said.

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