Anglican Cleric Cautions Against Blind Loyalty in SA's May Elections

Cape Town, April 20, 2014-Anglican Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba, has called on his church members to vote in the coming elections.
Speaking in Cape Town he says their vote must be guided by conscience rather than fear and blind loyalty. Recently a “Vote No” campaign co-headed by struggle stalwart, Ronnie Kasrils, was launched. It’s meant to encourage disheartened voters to either vote for smaller political parties or spoil the ballot during the May 7 elections.

Makgoba says while nothing stops voters from spoiling ballot papers in protest, they have many parties to choose from.

Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) chairperson, Baleka Mbete, has requested the Bantu Church of Christ to continue strengthening its relationship with the ANC beyond the upcoming general elections. She has been addressing more than 2500 congregants at the OR Tambo Hall in Kayelitsha on the Cape Flats.

Congregants from all over the country, leaders of the church and its fifth Bishop John Bolana gathered in Cape Town as part of celebrating 100 years of the existence of the church. Mbete says the ANC and the church share a common history and values.

In KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture, Meshack Hadebe, says churches have a pivotal role in bringing about solutions on problems facing the country. He was addressing the congregation at a Faith Mission church in Elandskop in KwaZulu-Natal midlands. He has called on people to pray for peace and free and fair elections.