Jacob Zuma takes the ‘good story’ to church

2014-04-18 14:02

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President Jacob Zuma has asked the church to pray for peaceful elections next month, saying many people had made sacrifices for the right to vote.

Speaking at a packed Easter service of the Universal Church at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium today, he said millions of voters should come out and vote for the ANC in remembrance of late struggle leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.

He thanked the congregants for supporting the ANC through the years, saying his party could not build the South Africa of their dreams without their support.

Zuma said the Easter prayers should also reflect the achievements of the past 20 years and what still needed to be done to build a prosperous South Africa.


“Today, through the efforts of the church as part of the mass democratic movement, we have been able to create a normal society in South Africa.

“We have healed the divisions of the past, and we should continue to restore and unite our society, our families and our children.

“We are grateful to the Almighty for the achievements that our country has scored since the dawn of freedom. We have built one united South Africa out of the fragmentation of the past,” he said.

Zuma said the government had delivered social grants, water, sanitation, and electricity over the past 20 years.

“We have transformed our society to embrace the principles of equality and equal opportunities, as well as social justice, which is the cornerstone of the Christian message,” he said.

Unlike in previous years, Zuma is not going to the Zion Christian Church headquarters in Moria in Limpopo. However, DA leader Helen Zille and her EFF counterpart Julius Malema are expected to visit.

Zuma said while South Africa had a good story to tell, the job was still incomplete.

“We have a collective responsibility as a nation to build a better South Africa and a better future for our children.

“We have a collective responsibility to fight crime in our society, fight the abuse of women and children, fight drugs and substance abuse and build strong caring and united families and communities.

“We have a responsibility to promote economic growth so that jobs can be created for our people. Let us use this Easter period for a very profound reflection on how we are going to do all this, to improve our lives and our country,” he said.

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