Motshekga back off!

Motshekga back off from the church

The National Church Leaders’ Consultation, comprising of the leadership of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Dutch Reformed Church, Uniting Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Africa.

The Salvation Army, International Federation of Christian Churches, Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Jerusalem church in South Africa.

The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, the SACC, the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, Shembe, Baptist Convention of South Africa, Assemblies of God strongly resent the efforts of Dr Motshekga, the ANC Parliamentary Caucus and the ANC desk for Cultural and Religious affairs to muscle in on and manipulate Church Leadership Structures.

We are leaders in our own right and lead by Biblical mandate.

We are deeply offended by efforts by Mr Livhuwani Matsila and others to infiltrate our meeting in Johannesburg without invitation.

This is an unwarranted intrusion on our discussions and compromises our freedom of association and of religion.

We call on President Zuma to hear this clearly and to engage with us in our own capacity.

Dr Motshekga does not enjoy our confidence.

Issues by the National Church Leaders Consultation, meeting in Johannesburg.


Response to the Back off, Motshekga statement

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip has noted with grave regret the statement by the National Church Leaders’ Consultation, which accuses the Chief Whip Dr Mathole Motshekga and his chief political Advisor Livhuwani Matsila of interfering in the affairs of its structures. Such an accusation is not only without basis but absurd.

The accusation stems from an innocent mistake today, in which the Chief Whip’s Political Advisor mistakenly walked into the hall where the National Church Leaders’ Consultation was meeting. The meeting, which the Political Advisor was due to attend, happen to be taking place at the same venue, the Southern Sun Hotel (OR Tambo International), but in a different hall.

After being informed by the chairman of the meeting that he was in the wrong hall, he duly apologised for the confusion caused and proceeded to the next hall, the correct venue for his meeting. Dr Motshekga was not part of this confusion and he was not even present at the venue where the two meetings were taking place. He is currently in Switzerland on parliament business.

Walking into the wrong meeting is a simple mistake that anyone can make.
We are therefore taken aback that the church leaders are turning this little, innocent incident into something major.

We view this as nothing but a storm in a teacup. Dr Motshekga respects the autonomy and the role of the church in the society and will never meddle in its affairs.

As servants of God, we trust that the leaders of the National Church Leaders’ Consultation will find this little mistake worthy of their forgiveness.

Issued by
Office of the ANC Chief Whip
Parliament of the Republic of SA

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