Politics and religion: faith and the ANC succession race

File: There is a saying that politics and religion are the two sure things to start an argument with at a dinner party or family gathering, but what to do when the two are intertwined? Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG – There is a saying that politics and religion are the two sure things to start an argument with at a dinner party or family gathering, but what to do when the two are inextricably intertwined?

As the African National Congress (ANC) heads to its elective conference on 16 December, politics and religion have been talking points for the governing party as a whole, as well as it’s current and possible future leadership.

The past weekend, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called for prayers ahead of the ANC elective conference at an address to congregants at the Shembe Church on the far north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

“I’m one of those who has raised their hands to be elected so I’m appealing to you to also pray for the conference to went well and me also to be successful,” said Ramaphosa.

READ: Pray for me to succeed in ANC race: Ramaphosa

In April, a team of religious leaders from the National Religious Leaders Council and the South African Council of Churches asked to meet with the ANC top 6.

On the agenda between the councils and the governing party’s top six, was President Jacob Zuma’s leadership and the “crisis” the country was faced with.

The church leaders requested the meeting after releasing a statement saying President Zuma had lost all morality to govern.

READ: Religious leaders to meet ANC top six over leadership crisis

The influential South African Council of Churches…

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