Zuma is like Jesus, says ANC man

2008-11-30 00:00

Bloemfontein — ANC president Jacob Zuma is being subjected to the same persecution as Christ, according to Free State party leader Ace Magashule.

“Jesus was persecuted. He was called names and betrayed. It’s the same kind of suffering Mr Zuma has had to bear recently, but he’s still standing strong. Hes not giving up,” Magashule told Bloemfontein paper Volksblad yesterday.

He was explaining a similar comparison he made on Friday to a crowd of Zuma supporters outside the Supreme Court of Appeal.

It is the umpteenth time that a prominent member of the ANC has drawn a comparison between Zuma or the ANC and the Bible.

In his speech on Friday, mainly delivered in Sotho, Magashule said that although Zuma has been subjected to all kinds of persecution, he has never left the ANC.

Magashule said he doesn’t believe anyone would be uncomfortable with the parallels he draws between Zuma and Jesus.

“Why would it make people uncomfortable? I’m a Christian too. I never said Zuma was Jesus. He can’t be Jesus. I merely compared the kind of persecution that had to be endured.”

Magashule said he also used the comparison to refer to people who have left the ANC.

“Jesus had up to 70 disciples, but in the end, only 12 remained.”

Professor Hermie van Zyl, a lecturer in New Testament studies at Free State University, challenged his statement. “In the gospel according to Luke it says that Jesus had a wider circle of followers, but nowhere is it said that they were reduced to 12.

“The term ‘disciple’ is in fact reserved for the 12 who were with him all the time. Even those 12 deserted him on the Night of Betrayal … ”

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