ZCC is not a den for thieves, says Bishop Lekganyane
Zion Christian Church Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane has warned that his church was not a hiding place for criminals and corrupt individuals, adding that some people used the church for the wrong reasons.
In a hard-hitting sermon, Lekganyane said he was concerned that some ZCC members were using his church for dubious reasons.
"Nobody should go and commit a crime or any form of corruption and hope he will get blessings from this church. In fact, there are ZCC worshippers who think they could, after committing those acts, come here and cast out evil spirits," Lekganyane said.
Despite drizzling, cold weather, hundreds of thousands of worshippers were determined to hear the bishop's message.
"I am not going to give any blessings to controversial characters who come to the church for dubious reasons," he said.
Lekganyane said there was a visible and commendable decline in crime, thanks to the efforts of the hard-working law enforcement officers.
"You are all advised as church members to remain vigilant and actively participate in any of the activities that aim at eradicating any form of crime. Our prayers are so loaded and heavy enough to bring the perpetrators to face the full wrath of the law of our country," he said.
He urged politicians and government officials not to hesitate in reporting any criminal activity committed by any church member to the authorities.
"In the same breath, the ZCC will automatically take the necessary disciplinary action even long after the judicial system has taken its toll," he said in a harsh tone.
The gathering was attended, among others, by provincial premiers Sello Moloto (Limpopo) Thabang Makwetla (Mpumalanga) and Edna Molewa (North West, former Limpopo Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi and ANC Free State chairman Ace Magashule.
Other guests included mining magnate and Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe, 2010 local organising committee and Orlando Pirates boss, Irvin Khoza, Judge Dunstan Mlambo of the supreme court of appeal in Bloemfontein and prominent Limpopo businessman Tom Boya.
Many traditional leaders attended the annual mass gathering as well.