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'Don't mix God's gospel with politics'

By unknown | Dec 08, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The conflict within the National Democratic Convection (Nadeco) in Kwazulu-Natal has raised questions about leaders who preach both politics and the Bible.

Some church worshippers have also approached the leaders, asking that they step down from politics as they were preaching peace but were totally intolerant of each other.

Nadeco is split into two factions - one led by interim president Ziba Jiyane and the other by chairman Hawu Mbatha.

Jiyane is a leader at the Indluyamandla ministry at Empangeni, and Mbatha is a minister of the Uniting Reformed Church at Umlazi and a leader of Endumisweni Church at Napierville in Pietermaritzburg.

Political analyst Protas Madlala said those who preach the gospel and pursue politics cannot have both careers.

"They never chose the ministry as a vocation but out of personal interest. But they are now using it [the ministry] to pursue worldly fortunes and not to serve the people of God."

He said the Catholic Church set a good example when it forced priest-turned-politician Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, the former mayor of Tshwane municipality, to choose between the Church and politics.

"Mkhatshwa chose politics and left the priesthood," said Madlala.

He said the Nadeco issue was a case of "huge contradictions".

"They cannot preach the word of God while leading a political party," Madlala said.

"People who go to church come from different political parties. There is a definite contradiction between politics and the church. It is about money as government provides political parties with subsidies."


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