- Civil organisations have expressed their lack of faith and even ridiculed a prayer initiate which is being headed by former president Jacob Zuma
- Zuma will lead a group of religious leaders in a nation-building mission, which will focus on ‘fighting crime as the enemy of the economy’ and healing the rift between blacks and Indians
- Outa, Samrem and political analysts noted that the initiative had a narrow agenda and was aimed at showing support for Zuma and providing a platform for the former president to speak
Civil organisations and political analysts have expressed their lack of faith and in some cases even ridiculed a prayer initiative, which is being headed by former president Jacob Zuma. The prayer campaign is the brainchild of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (Nicsa).
The campaign will pair Zuma with religious leaders representing Hindu, Shembe, Rastafarian and Khoisan interest in what has been billed as a nation-building mission with a focus on ‘fighting crime as the enemy of the economy’ and will also seek to heal growing rifts between black and Indian communities in KwaZulu-Natal.
Zuma will lead prayers in the communities of Chatsworth, Isipingo, Wentworth, Umlazi, Phoenix, Verulam, Tongaat, Inanda and KwaMashu. Nicsa KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Bishop Timothy Ngcobo said the organisation had asked Zuma to lead the campaign because he had huge experience and knowledge of the issues facing the people in those communities.
Ngcobo added that Zuma was someone who could easily win the hearts of the people in those communities.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) have raised their doubts about the effectiveness of the prayer campaign.
Political analyst Thabani Khumalo also expressed his lack of faith in the initiative and said he believed the campaign was actually aimed at showing support for Zuma and providing the former president with a platform to speak.
Khumalo said the campaign had a very narrow agenda and because of the hype it created around the former president the campaign had turned from being about the community to being about Zuma and his political interests.
He said racism and crime were social issues which could only be tackled by society as a whole and not by one single person.
Outa released a scathing tweet about the state of affairs in South Africa.
IOL.co.za reported that Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage raised his concerns about religious organisations entering the political fray and providing platforms for politicians to launch their own agenda’s.
Duvenage said he found is shocking that anyone had given Zuma a platform to pray over, talk about and give his opinion about fighting fraud, corruption and state looting.
Samrem convenor advocate Ashin Singh said the country’s problems could not be solved by prayer alone. He said the country was faced with various social ills and the collapse of government institutions because of bad karma.
Karma is a Sanskrit word which means good intentions and actions lead to future happiness and while bad deeds and even intentions would cause suffering.
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