Religious leaders must promote cohesion - Zuma

2012-09-08 13:40

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma urged religious leaders on Saturday to continue promoting social cohesion in the community.

"We urge the religious sector, in the memory of Sister Bernard [Ncube], to continue promoting social cohesion and stability in families and communities.

"We were truly pleased with the swift response of religious leaders to the tragedy of 44 people who were killed in Marikana last month," Zuma told mourners at Ncube's funeral in Soweto.

He commended religious leaders for their involvement in the Marikana tragedy and the work done by the SA Council of Churches' through its Bench Marks Foundation in producing a report on the state of the mining sector in the Rustenburg area.

"We cannot achieve transformation or sustainable development working alone. We are therefore encouraged by the support of the faith-based sector as we continue to build a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society," he said.


Ncube's funeral was held at the Regina Mundi catholic church in Soweto. She died last Friday at the age of 80, having played an integral role by organising women in the 1970s and '80s, in what was then called Transvaal.

She also assisted in establishing the Federation of Transvaal Women and later became that organisation's president.

She was the former mayor of the Westrand Municipality and member of Parliament from 1994.

"Her passing has also brought into sharp focus, the immense contribution and role of the church in the struggle for liberation and human rights in our country," Zuma said.

He said South Africa produced exceptional men and women of the cloth who fulfilled Biblical scriptures through bravely using the church as a site of struggle to free the people they ministered to.

These included among others Beyers Naude the founder of the Christian Institute, Archbishop Dennis Hurley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Alan Boesak, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Father Albert Nolan and Reverend Frank Chikane.

He said these leaders realised the need for a new theology which took account the deplorable living conditions of the majority and the need for their total liberation from colonial oppression and apartheid.

"Sister Bernard felt more pressure as she was a woman and a nun, which brought about its own additional stereotypes and expectations of behaviour.

"Despite constant threats and numerous attempts on her life, Ncube poured her heart and energy into her Christian and political work," Zuma said.

"We will always remember Sister Bernard as a selfless citizen who did not seek accolades, regardless of her personal achievements and the positive impact she made in the lives of others."

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-08 13:51

    ""We cannot achieve transformation or sustainable development working alone. We are therefore encouraged by the support of the faith-based sector as we continue to build a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society," he said." Where, exactly is he living? Because it certainly is not in the SA that I am in.

      liana.loots - 2012-09-08 14:19

      zuma should be sitting on the dung heap. even a great churchman like Tutu laughs at him.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 14:33

      All the cabinet ministers laugh behind his back.

      kyle.atcheson.10 - 2012-09-08 15:18

      Maybe if the faith-based sector paid some taxes like every other sector has to, there'd be more money to achieve sustainable development in this country.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-08 20:07

      I agree with Kyle. Why is the religious sector exempt from paying taxes? What makes them so special?

      bernpm - 2012-09-08 22:45

      who wrote this speech??

      Vince.York - 2012-09-09 08:49 Presidential interviews run in "Uguguh uguh UUUGUUHH" official language these days..........

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-09 09:54

      zuma zuma zuma...i see you closely at your "functions" and I have spoken to you a good few easy to get rid of you. time for a real leader. Bye Bye zuma!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-09 13:48

      Start packing dude! Isnt this something? Out of THREE "democratic" presidents, one saw a full term in office, the second was fired before his send term in office and another that is not going to see his end of term! What a laugh you lot are!

  • vandross.ntshegi - 2012-09-08 13:57

    Oh! Look he can't do it and he is running to the church for help. Lol. This clown makes me laugh until I drop

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-08 20:10


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-08 13:59

    Is he now asking the churches to help the ANC promote racism and job reservation?

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-08 16:25

      Speaking of job reservation, I just bought some excellent chicken sosaties at Fruit and Veg for R54.99/kg. I decided that my money was the wrong colour for Woolies and to give some of the other stores in our area a try. There were people of all races working there, every one was friendly and I was really surprised with the quality of their goods. F$$ck Woolworths, I have realised it was in any case just an image thing.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 04:58

      Throughout history the churches have promoted discrimination and racism against those who they cannot control or extract money from.

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-09-08 14:01

    This country will be better off without Zuma and his corrupt syndicate.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 04:59

      It would also be better off if all the scam religions (and they are all scams) paid tax on their ill-gotten incomes.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-08 14:03

    Oohh Zuma must just shut the f*#k up about other things and tell us how he and his corrupt cabinet are going to reform the country's high unemployment rate,crime rate,corruption rate..e.t.c.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-08 20:12

      Spot on Peter

  • deon.duplessis.96 - 2012-09-08 14:07

    Only a few SACC leaders played a posive role. Some of them totally frustrated the process by their highly political speeches during the talks and negative influence on worker delegates and total lack of understanding of the negotiation process. Bench Mark Foundation is simply opportunists and more interested in marketing their weak brand and supporting Amcu, than helping the process. Pity the President rely on one-sided feedback

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-08 14:12

    I just wish this guy can shut up. he makes me maaaal. yeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-09-08 14:19

    A bit confused are we minute he sings kill the boers and in the next he wants help from the religious...this could be really funny if it wasn't so pathetic. He cant even make up his mind if he wants to be the devil or the can one expect him to make more important discisions...

      zak.cebi - 2012-09-08 14:33

      @Charms you are confused, zuma and his cabinet are corrupted and we know that, when did you hear him singing *kill the boers*, dude it was malema. zuma sings *umshini*, i dont like him too but dont create lies abt him. let me reverse you question, do you want to be the devil?? obviously not

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-08 20:15

      I think in this age of knowledge, most people can see through Zumba and the ANC's lies. If you believe everything that a politician says, then shame, you are quite naive.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-09-09 08:58 forgot that Malema and him was on the same side once...they grew up singing this all the please...

  • liana.loots - 2012-09-08 14:21

    don't shake your head zuma, you have lost your marbles

  • katleho.mpitso - 2012-09-08 14:21

    The only thing the government needs from the faith-based sector is INVOLVEMENT!Brethren,where art thou?

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-08 17:00

      At prayer for the removal of JZ in December.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:03

      How about the churches pay tax on their ill-gotten incomes instead of futilely praying to the invisible magic man in the sky?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:04

      The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a God that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Do you actually think that God will change his behavior as result of mumbling a few words? If god is willing to cure someone of cancer just because some hack prays for them, and yet lets millions of other people die in horrible pain from such diseases, doesn't that make him something of a huge jerk?

  • alf.pop - 2012-09-08 14:22

    Letme get this straight: Zipper Zuma asks religious leaders to promote cohesion in the community, while he and his cronies "promote" p0olarisation at every opportunity! Either Zipper is going senile or he is of the opinion that South Africans are stupid! Kick him out. Let him go and train his Zuma wrestlers instead! An alternative is that he commits suicide by jumping from his ego to his IQ! That should do the trick!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:05

      Actually, promoting polarisation in society is exactly what religions are good at. That is why Zuma needs their expertise.

  • tobydt - 2012-09-08 14:22

    New nickname for JZ: mthondoizizwe.

  • tobydt - 2012-09-08 14:23

    Mthondoisizwe broke his silence :P

  • sounesc - 2012-09-08 14:24

    A pity the same cannot be said about you !!!

  • damon.leff - 2012-09-08 14:55

    Preaching the promotion of social cohesion? Why did the NILC not invite Pagan religious leaders to offer prayers along-side Christians, Jews and Muslims? Responsibility starts with treating everyone equally! Perhaps after that Pagan religious leaders might consider their constructive role in a society that still rejects them because of prejudice?!

      rock.jason.52 - 2012-09-08 15:28

      They are not welcome,they are witch and preach human blood... If they can brought them then we have to called illuminati and freemason... And scientology church,kabbalah so on!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:11

      rock.jason.52 Don't be so bigoted. You are actually proving my point that religions are intolerant and polarise society. Do you want to exclude Muslims and Hindus as well?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 15:12

    Zuma why is it that the others always have to do things? Are you paralised?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-08 15:53

    Religious leaders are political animals and cannot be trusted. The Christian leaders are the worst.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-09-08 16:49

    Funny enough how they want to call in Jesus, as soon as they've done their satanic rituals with the sangomas..

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:15

      What is the difference between many Jesus rituals (Drinking his blood and eating his flesh) and satanic rituals and sangomas? They are all nonsense.

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-08 16:55

    Obviously SAA and Woolies have no inyention of fostering social cohesion, add to that the AMC with AA and BBEEE, and Mildred Oliphant - then theres Zuma himself. One wonders .......

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-08 18:49

    Kufuneka nawe ube ngumzekelo mangameli,ukubulawa kwabantu e merikana ibonisa ukungabina bunkokheli kwakho

  • christopher.blackwell.96 - 2012-09-08 19:41

    rock.jason.52 - You are remarkably ignorant as Witches do not use blood. You have been listiening to ol wives tales again. I have been a Witch for 28 years. Now therearesomerenegade native healers who use body parts, but they are not Witches.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:16

      rock.jason.52 is obviously an ignorant, religiously brainwashed and unthinking godbot.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-08 20:05

    WTF has religion got to do with running a country properly?

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-08 23:32

      in europe that matter was sorted out long ago. here in africa we are still living in pre-medieval thinking.... lol

  • woulntitbenice - 2012-09-08 20:34

    Please die so I can celebrate something...

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-09-08 22:52

    \We cannot achieve transformation or sustainable development working alone. We are therefore encouraged by the support of the faith-based sector as we continue to build a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society,\ he said. So Mr Zooooma, non-racial you say!!!! Then what if BEEEEeEeE otherwise that racial? Why are woman not respected in this country, cause rapest are constantly released back into the society? Let's don't even go toward democratic, and then we come to prosperous, can u really say you are proud what your government has achieved? Think about it, crime, corruption, textbooks, fracking! It just goes on! Start paying more attention to the country cause the greed in the ANC is gonne destroy itself!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-08 23:17

    Wow, the zoombie embraces God. About time!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-08 23:33

      did they not say they hold the ticket to the heavens? and the voting for the opposition means voting "for that man with the fork"????? lol hypocrit

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:18

      I would prefer he didn't/ He is stupid enough as it is.

  • will.v.d.merwe - 2012-09-09 06:57

    Churches cannot work alone at cohesion of society if political parties do their best in doing just the opposite!

  • LanfearM - 2012-09-09 08:39

    44 people killed? Thought it was 34. Religion is the last thing that will bring cohesion to this country. Please Zuma, just step down, you are a disgrace and a joke of a "leader".

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-09 11:54

    Can anyone with a brain really believe anything this shocking President says anymore?He is a huge embarrassment to the citizens of this country..and that includes the ANC which is imploding due largely to Zuma

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-09 13:42

    We know that religion goes hand and hand with politics. They use religion to pull wool over the peoples eyes. Zuma you can get blessed as many times as you like, but when you find yourself infront of the pearly gates you might just have to follow the line that goes in another direction. You can spend Billions buying things, but buying yourself a place upstairs does not work. We are all going to queue in that same queue, from the poortest to the richest and we will all be judged.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-09 19:25

    So what he is asking for churches to to bless and acknowledge racial discrimination. To turn a blind eye to fraud and corruption and to pray for manna to fall from heaven because that is what he has promised. Sorry Zuma, I am very very afraid of people who keep running to church to bless their sins. There is only one true judge and that is God, and you will be judged by him accordinly.

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