Probe into alleged church imposter at ANC meeting

2016-04-12 09:34

Johannesburg - The Zionist Christian Church is investigating a man who apparently claimed to represent the church at a meeting between the SA Council of Churches and ANC officials.

The man, who was wearing a T-shirt with the ZCC logo on it, was part of a group of religions leaders calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

"We would like to categorically state it for the record that the person in question was not mandated nor appointed by the ZCC to represent it in that forum," the ZCC said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We would like to reiterate our long-standing and inelastic policy that the ZCC is above politics. This, because we believe that as a church, among our primary responsibilities is to pray for peace and stability."

The church was verifying the man's membership.

The SACC met four of the ANC's top six officials on Friday, where it asked them to convince Zuma to resign. This followed the Constitutional Court´s ruling last month that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela´s remedial action that he repay some of the money spend on so-called security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead.

SACC general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said ANC officials were facing mounting pressure.

"We need to appreciate that this is not an easy call to make. We could feel and sense the pain within the ANC delegation because they are wrestling with the same issue. We recognised that much of our own congregations are also members of ANC. The pain is felt across the board."

The ANC officials were not able to respond directly to the request. The SACC wanted the ANC to "assist" Zuma´s resignation, but not force him to step down.

The ZCC said it did not believe people should judge as only God could. It urged citizens to pray for the country.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.