Politics needs religion - Maimane

2016-03-25 18:22
Mmusi Maimane (File, News24)

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2016-03-25 10:21

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Cape Town - Politics can do with the influence of the church, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said during his Good Friday address at the Faithways Bible Church in Soweto.

“You might be thinking why politicians are coming to churches, that it must be elections,” he said.

“I hold the belief that politics can do with the influence of the church. I still hold the belief that even those who founded the ANC were committed Christians.”

He told congregants to “look forward”, and they murmured in agreement.

“It is time for us to say that we know where we come from. We are going to cross this Red Sea.”

Earlier, President Jacob Zuma called on Christians to pray for politicians, as the devil was trying to interfere with their work.

He spoke to thousands of members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

Zuma called on the congregants to pray for Members of Parliament to behave and conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

He professed his love for the church and said the atmosphere in the stadium made him want to attend church regularly.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Senzo Mchunu said the building of a stronger province would not succeed without religious leaders’ involvement.

“Indeed, we need to ensure that churches remain focused on their work of healing the nation and fighting injustices,” he said during the Good Friday service procession through the streets of Durban in the early hours of the morning.

He said churches should criticise government when they felt it was going astray and failing to meet the expectations of society. He invited religious leaders to pray for a prosperous province.

Earlier this month, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, called on government officials "to tell the truth" about the Gupta family's alleged influence on matters of state. The Dominican Order of Catholic priests asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the Gupta's alleged involvement in ministerial appointments.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to join congregants of the Zion Christian Church in Moria, Limpopo, for their annual Easter pilgrimage on Friday afternoon.

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