DP Ramaphosa clarifies church comments

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pretoria - The office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the “incorrect impressions” created following his comments at a Limpopo church during a religious service on Sunday, 10 April.

The Deputy President was in Limpopo as part of the campaign to mobilise citizens to register for this year’s local government elections.

During the service at Mahwelereng’s Church of the First Born, Deputy President Ramaphosa asked the congregation to pray for leaders and government.

His office on Tuesday said “the impression that may have been created that the church should not get involved in politics is therefore incorrect”.

“Deputy President Ramaphosa appreciates and remembers the role the churches have played in the history of the country. This includes the outstanding role the churches played during the struggle against apartheid mobilising the international community against what the broader church termed a heresy.

“Deputy President Ramaphosa welcomes the robust manner in which the churches and all other religious formations have engaged government on critical issues facing our country.

“The Deputy President is of the conviction that working together with the churches and other religious formations, we can help create a better life for all our people and move our country forward,” said a statement from his office. - SAnews.gov.za

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