Meshoe: Repent for blasphemy, Zuma

2011-02-16 21:56

Cape Town - Say you're sorry for your blasphemy, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Meshoe told President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday.

Speaking during debate in the National Assembly on last week's state of the nation address, Meshoe again castigated the president for his controversial claim, made earlier this month at an Eastern Cape rally, that only an ANC membership card earned people entry to heaven.

Zuma also suggested at the time that a vote for an opposition party was one for the devil.

Meshoe, quoting a verse from the Bible, said the only way to heaven was through Jesus Christ.

"Mr President, Christ is the way [to heaven] and nothing else. Many in the Christian community did not appreciate your irreverent statements, and have asked you to withdraw them and apologise.

"It was indeed blasphemy on your part... to suggest that the angels in heaven are clothed in the colours of the ANC.

"On behalf of the ACDP, I hereby ask you to do the honourable thing... and apologise, because you went too far and crossed the line," Meshoe said.

As Meshoe spoke, Zuma gave a wry smile and scribbled some notes.

It is not the first time Meshoe has spoken out about Zuma's remarks. Last week, he called them ludicrous.

"I am shocked to hear that the president would make such a ludicrous statement. It is disappointing to hear the head of state - who should be an example of integrity - choosing to be the laughing stock of the nation by being deceptive," he said at the time.

Zuma, through his spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, has dismissed the matter, saying the president's remarks were taken out of context.

  • immelmap - 2011-02-16 22:13

    The whole ANC is out of context

  • MAZOEZ - 2011-02-16 22:15

    Shades of Alice Lenshina and the Lumpa uprising in Zambia during self government (Kaunda was the Prime Minister - pre independence). The Prophetess gave her followers passports to heaven and assured them that (then Northern Rhodesia) troops bullets will turn to water! Well history tells the story - bullets were not rubber then. KK became President and the rest is history.

  • Gundaan - 2011-02-16 22:50

    ...but Communists don,t believe in a God or Heaven where the f**k is shower head coming from ...puzzzled ...

      daaivark - 2011-02-17 09:07

      And where does communism come into this picture? Do elucidate.

  • Francois - 2011-02-16 23:24

    Leader Kenneth Meshoe, this is profound coming from an alleged Christian leader that sold out his voters to the same ANC in 2004 in Kwazulu Natal and found the murderer Gbagbo a winner in an election where everyone else says he lost! So on which Bible to you ground your theory above - the one with the Ten Commandment, or the one with only 7? If it is the latter cut Jakop some slack if he believes only in 6. The Bible says that if you are guilty against one of the commandments, you are guilty against the law. Thus practice what you preach otherwise you are going to win the Hypocrite Award from the year from Racist Mbeki - (he will still keep the Racist of the Year and Decade Trophies - the latter is uncontested since Terreblache died.)

  • Simon - 2011-02-17 03:58

    I don't get it. Surely the ACDP would believe that a vote for themselves would get one closer to heaven? That's their entire motivation. Good for the goose, good for the gander?

      daaivark - 2011-02-17 09:08

      Meshoe has been rather vocal lately, chirping on about Cote d'Ivoire and an array of topics. Not much behind the grin though.

  • cerveza - 2011-02-17 06:39

    but the ANC and Christianity are the same, they both promise a heaven they can not show in your lifetime, and both preach about hell/apartheid that will be your punishment for not supporting them

  • dkachelenga - 2011-02-17 08:08

    Could Mr Meshoe show maturity as man of God.How come is only calling Zuma to repent when they many people who sin everyday.Why has he not named people sins one by one and asked them to repent.Mr Meshoe is abusing his position as man of God by playing a role of a Judge to condemn Zuma.The intention of Meshoe is to gain politically advantage using the bible.I think this is hypocrisy,thats why your impact in politics is weak you do not have proper agenda.You only react on what you think is wrong instead taking Godly Leadership

      EG - 2011-02-17 09:05

      dkachelenga, Zuma is the leader of this country. He holds a great responsibility towards the people of this country, in particular to people who he knows does not have the knowledge/education (whatever you want to call it) to know better than to believe his nonsensical statements. The consequences of his actions reach 48 million people. The consequences of (as example) you skipping a red light this morning on your way to work reach maybe 100.

      unrealchris - 2011-02-17 10:33

      "Mr Meshoe is abusing his position", and what about zuma, he is not!!!??

  • Israel - 2011-02-17 08:53

    Nelson Mandela said ”When I get to heaven, the first thing I am going to do is look up the ANC branch.” Then you hypocrite said nothing about this. I sure the members in that branch Mandela was reffering to voted the ANC. So leave Zuma alone please.

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-17 09:12

    Dear Mr Kenneth Meshoe The questions you should ask: 1 Why is there no christians voting for the christian party? 2 If the majority of the hatred filled south african which are christians, why are you not the ruling party? 3 Why not pray for zuma, isn't that the christian thing to do? And finally a piece of advice, use it ...don't use it.... Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

  • Elizabeth - 2011-02-17 09:16

    Sorry to say sir JZ has not the same values youre having, Thank you for at least trying to get through. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY!!!HE has gone to prepair the place (a Nkandla) for us.

  • Melvyn - 2011-02-17 09:17

    why waist time trying to correct speeches , when all who claim to lead must focus on the welfare of the people.surely you all worry about our votes not development,what i can tell you is that all polotician are deceivers.we dont care about heaven now,we care about earth because is a real place where we live and suffer as the results of politics.keep your heaven and we shall keep our earth

  • Valis - 2011-02-17 09:30

    Again with the invisible magic man in the sky? Why doesn't this party call itself by its proper name, the African Fairy-tale Democratic Party.

  • ThaTruth - 2011-02-17 09:45

    If a similar statement was made about Allah, I'm sure the ANC would have apologised...

  • ji - 2011-02-17 10:09

    satan does not Repent

  • unrealchris - 2011-02-17 10:29

    Nice one Meshoe!

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