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Dec 13 2012 8:39AM
 
Men of the cloth at each other’s throats
CONCERNED: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Picture: Thapelo Morebudi.
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Warren Mabona

The Free State Council of Churches (Frescoc) yesterday accused the South African Council of Churches (SACC) of colluding with detractors of the President in order to block his re-election at the ANC’s elective conference.

Frescoc President Rev Sello Dire said the SACC was part of the pro-regime change forces, adding that the church body was also consumed by what he called the third force. He said it was disturbing to hear the SACC warning Zuma about moral decay in the country.

“We are amazed by the so-called prominent religious leaders about the letter they wrote to Zuma. We want to set it on record that the views of these people do not represent those of the South African churches and the citizens of this country,” Dire said.

“We don’t even remember hearing that anyone of them played a role in the struggle for the emancipation of black people. For them to bring up this matter when the ANC conference is about to start, it means they work with the anti-Zuma factions.”

Dire was reacting to an open letter penned by religious leaders Rev Joe Seoka and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the SACC, Rev Edwin Arrison of Kairos Southern Africa and Rev Moss Ntlha of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa. The clergymen warned Zuma in a letter that there was unhappiness in the country about leaders who had “lost their moral compass”.

Dire described the SACC as the most scandalous religious institution in the country, saying corruption was the name of the game within its ranks.

“They (SACC) claim to be poor but attack Zuma and undermine the efforts of the ANC,” Dire said. He questioned – among other things – the whereabouts of international donor funds which he said disappeared from the SACC coffers.

warrenm@thenewage.co.za

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