Archbishop Thabo Makgoba told President Jacob Zuma in his Christmas sermon that the church is “ignoring” his recent appeal to the clergy to stay out of politics. The Archbishop also raised the question of whether religious communities in South Africa should withdraw their moral support to the government. “Can you believe it?” He asked the congregation attending midnight mass in St. George’s, Cape Town. “And the president of a democratic South Africa, saying the church to stay out of politics? You would be forgiven for thinking that you climbed into a time machine and went back 30 years in time, when the presidents of apartheid, said the same thing, “he added.” As we look ahead to 2017, we see the ruling party at war with himself, crippled by dividing the extent that some employees are members of the Cabinet believe that the president should resign. As a result, we see that the government has become paralyzed by the inability to achieve certain policy and outline a clear path forward. People of faith must begin to ask: At what stage do we, as a church, a mosque, a synagogue, to bring our moral support to the democratically elected government “However, he said that democracy in South Africa, was vivid:” South Africa is not broken. We have a sound constitution, and we have seen over the past year, we have strong institutions. The courts, in particular the Constitutional Court, civil society, the media, informants in the government and private sector, as well as many honest and hard-working public servants we have, all they are doing a good job. “But, he added, the Church is not doing enough, and he announced a series of Lenten Bible studies in the next year to solve this problem.
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