Focus on the Bible, not politics, Cosatu man tells church leaders

2016-04-11 21:16

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Pietermaritzburg - A Cosatu KwaZulu-Natal committee member has criticised church leaders, telling them to attend to church matters and to refrain from participating in politics.

Zimasile Giyama was one of the speakers at the funeral service of Siyabonga Majola, an ANC activist who was touted as a possible councillor in Sobantu township, Pietermaritzburg.

Giyama told a packed stadium in Sobantu that the trade union federation had more pressing issues than the Nkandla matter, adding that anyone calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma was waging a war they would not win.

He then shifted his focus to the religious community.

"Our advice to religious leaders is, focus on the Bible and if that is not enough find something else, but do not enter the political terrain if you do not have the stomach for it," Giyama said.

This was in reference to church leaders who had sought an audience with the ANC top brass pleading for Zuma to step down as South Africa's president.

"We have accepted Zuma's apology and are at peace with that. Please, with respect stay away from politics. If you want to participate, do not hide under collars."

Two weeks ago the Constitutional Court found that President Jacob Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding payment for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Zuma later apologised in a televised address to the nation.

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