Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday walked a controversial tightrope between invoking God for his administration and the official oath of office in which politicians in government pledge to do their job “so help me God”.
At a church service in Giyani, Limpopo, on Sunday, Zuma told members of the 33rd Presbyterian Synod to pray for the government – and for politicians who insulted each other.
“Whether we like it or not, God has made a connection between the government and the church. That’s why He says you, as a church, should pray for it,” Zuma, who spoke in Zulu throughout, is quoted as saying.
“Because if you allow them to insult those in authority, you are creating a society that is angry with itself.”
These comments were off-the-cuff remarks, straying from the official speech about churches building communities, a caring society and respect for one another.