Zuma, govt ‘put in place by God’ – church federation

2012-04-21 16:45

The All African Federation of Churches (AAFC), a coalition of indigenous churches consisting of Apostolic, Zionist and charismatic churches, has defended the ANC’s leadership against criticism in the latest Kairos document.

The AAFC affirmed its support for the ANC and government and committed itself to being a partner in delivering services to the poor. This federation also plans to embark on a freedom march on Freedom Day on Friday in support of ANC president Jacob Zuma.

“The church federation strongly rejects the allegation that President Zuma’s administration has marginalised the churches and wants to co-opt some church leaders,” said the AAFC’s national spokesperson Harry Leputu.

The federation said it was defending Zuma’s leadership and government because that leadership was “put in place by God”.

South African church ministers and theologians recently wrote a letter to the ANC, expressing a feeling of alienation from the ANC since President Jacob Zuma started leading the party.

In the letter titled, “Theological and ethical reflections on the 2012 Centenary Celebrations of the African National Congress: A word to the ANC in these times”, the clerics accused the ruling party of trying to impose a concept of “state theology”, which results in co-opting church leaders who support the ANC.

More than 300 church leaders signed the document and Kairos Southern Africa has embarked on a 1-million man signature campaign to turn the document into a national debate.

Authors and signatories of the Kairos document come from a range of traditional churches, which include the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Apostolic Faith Mission, Uniting Presbyterian, Dutch Reformed, United Congregational, Evangelical Lutheran and Ethiopian Episcopal churches.

The AAFC’s planned partnership with government would be expanded by helping the state deliver services, said the federation’s president Archbishop Nchene Tsekedi.

He said it was about time churches moved away from “narrow projects to participate in broad-based black economic empowerment”.

To show the confidence they have in the ANC leadership, the AAFC elected the ANC’s head of the commission on religious and traditional affairs Mathole Motshekga as its patron.

Both Motshekga and Kairos Southern Africa confirmed that the ANC met the organisation twice to discuss the letter to the party. The ANC assembled a ten-member team, which will continue to have more meetings with Kairos Southern Africa to discuss issues raised in the document.

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