Pray for ANC leaders to love their children – Juju

2012-04-06 16:23

Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has asked church goers in the Eastern Cape to pray for the ruling party’s leadership during a visit today.

Malema attended two Easter services at two churches in the small Transkei town of Butterworth.

While he did not address members at the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ in Msobomvu earlier, he switched between a conciliatory and defiant tone when addressing church goers at Last Move Ministries Convention.

“The bishop (church founder and director bishop Limba Tsunami) must pray for our leaders to have patience, to be tolerant, and to love their children. Because every family will always have children, and whatever discussion you can have with your children, you don’t chase them away from home.

“Those are the prayers we are asking from the bishop,” he said.

The suspended leader’s next request drew applause from the crowd of young and old.

“Also bishop, we ask that you give us the wisdom so that we know the old and young people. And also that we respect the old people because without the old people the young ones will become the lost generation.”

Malema made reference to slain hero Solomon Mahlangu, and Jesus Christ, saying they gave their lives for what they believed in. “We are all inspired by fearless people,” he said.

Earlier Chief Apostle Caesar Nongqunga had counselled Malema, who sat reverently in the front row of the church, and his youth league entourage, to seek peace instead of fighting with the ANC. Nongqunga said all conflict came about because of a need for power.

“You must be careful that when you have amassed all the riches, and you have all the power, you are alone. It won’t be enjoyable because there will be no one to sing your praises.”

On Wednesday, Malema was gagged and temporarily suspended by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee, a move which prohibits him from exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the youth league or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee.

His temporary suspension from the party came after he had called President Jacob Zuma a dictator at an ANC centenary event at the University of the Witwatersrand last Friday.

The youth league leader was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension.

Malema is also appealing his expulsion from the ANC for sowing division in the party.

The appeals hearing is expected to take place on April 12.

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