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Nefarious missionary activities did bring suffering - ANC

Moloto Mothapo
21 December 2011

Office of Chief Whip says President's assertion was sound, not an attack on Christianity

PRESIDENT AND CHRISTIANITY

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip is disturbed by the gravely misleading reports by some in the media regarding the statements made by President Jacob Zuma at KwaMaphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday (see Times report).  Some media reports have claimed that the President has blamed Christianity for "bringing on the existence of orphans and old age homes". This is not true!

In stressing the importance of ubuntu, the President lamented certain aspects of the Western culture which he said had contributed to the corrosion of African value system and culture - which are fundamental to national cohesion. He said that, while African culture has since time immemorial taught people to care for each other, embrace and show kindness to one another, the advent of Western way of living condoned ‘each man for himself' principle. This has resulted in elderly people being condemned to old age homes and parentless children sent to orphanages.

It is an historical fact that some missionary enterprises came to Africa under the guise of Christianity to aid the process of colonisation, which subsequently undermined and eroded African cultures and traditions. Indeed even apartheid, which was declared a crime against humanity by the United Nations, was practised under the cloak of Christianity. A distinction should therefore be drawn between Christianity as a faith and nefarious missionary activities, which have brought sufferings upon our people.

Irresponsible journalism will always find a creative way to mislead, and in this case it inexplicably saw an attack on Christianity in the President's perfectly sound assertion. This has unfortunately created a perception amongst certain religious bodies that the President is against Christianity.

Statement issued by Moloto Mothapo, Office of the ANC Chief Whip, ANC Parliamentary Caucus, Parliament, December 21 2011

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President Jacob Zuma has blamed religion, particularly Christianity, for the loss of humanity in society. The ANC leader... said yesterday that the arrival of Christianity brought problems for Africans. "As Africans, long before the arrival of religion and [the] gospel, we had our own ways of doing things. "Those were times that the religious people refer to as dark days but we know that, during those times, there were no orphans or old-age homes. Christianity has brought along these things," he said."
The Times, December 21 2011
 

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this is getting tedious
You know, I am getting heartily sick of all this self-hate which the ANC just loves to dish out. Are these guys for real?
I mean are they so besotted with the past that they cannot see the future falling off a cliff in front of their myopic . .more

by Plutarch on December 21 2011, 17:14
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Zuma anti-Christian?
This is a part of the whole ANCs headlong gallop back to the bush. The ANC really only feel comfortable when there are no rules or institutions to guide the way. Where they can bumble along from misfortune to catastrophe, blaming witchcraft for their . .more

by Guy Mullins on December 21 2011, 17:17
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remenber Biafra? Rwanda
I think old shawari is talikng rubbish. I think shawari is 'giving us a hard time" I think shawari is, to tell the truth, certifiably stupid.
Here is a quote from the article
"African culture has since time immemorial taught people to care for . .more

by cassandra on December 21 2011, 17:27
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Ubuntu
Aaahhh, once again the president speaks about mythical concept of Ubuntu. Where noble savages loved and cared about eachother and where truth & justice reigned supreme; only to be shattered by the arrived of the evil colonialists.


by Locust Swarm on December 21 2011, 17:51
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@ Guy Mullins
Sir
Ihave to take issue with you. You are making anachronistic statements.
Whilst I agree with your assertion that the ANC are in a headlong drive back to the bush (although I strongly suspect that when they get there they will discover that, . .more

by Realist on December 21 2011, 18:22
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Clean up time
For yet another blunder by the mouth that never stops uttering cattle dung.
Zum Zum u suck at politics I beg u please stay away from religion.
Aye aye aye !!!!

by Jzee on December 21 2011, 19:07
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The ANC lie, and lie and lie...
This statement

"that, while African culture has since time immemorial taught people to care for each other,....[while] Western way of living condoned ‘each man for himself' principle..."

may be construed to be racially . .more

by JVR on December 21 2011, 19:24
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@Realist
Sorry, Realist. You are perfectly correct. The bit about Paint Tins was wildly optimistic and totally unrealistic. I take it back unreservedly.

by Guy Mullins on December 21 2011, 21:18
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Lets just admit it: The missionaries were totally ineffectual!
Do you know of a single ANC leader who can tell the difference between right and wrong?

by Brett on December 21 2011, 21:28
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@Brett
There you go again, bringing up Christian Colonialist concepts again. He just told you he wants nothing to do with that stuff.Sheesh!

by Guy Mullins on December 21 2011, 22:20
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As an agnostic, I find Zuma's comments stupid
Zuma's trouble is that he knows no history. Christianity, for all its faults, played a major rule in the development of civilisation. Many of the greatest African leaders were educated at mission schools. Slavery (an African invention) was abolished . .more

by Sam Sly on December 21 2011, 23:04
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Wots-in-the-pooitjie....?....

.....aaaah Missionary & pap !

Now those were the days, Jabulani..... we sold maShona to the Arab slave traders, Ivory to Mulungu hunters, and feasted on nice tender missionaries.

I tell you, this continent is going to the dogs.... . .more

by John Austin on December 22 2011, 00:52
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Profitable bit of ubuntu slave trading ...
... until those nefarious missionaries undermined and eroded it all.

by Pieter Schoombee on December 22 2011, 03:03
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What simplistic nonsense.
What Zuma refers to here is the breakdown of community solidarity.And what I have been told is that traditional rulers and chiefs were so corrupt that they could mortgage their land for a mirror,fascinated at seeing their faces on this piece of . .more

by Mandla on December 22 2011, 06:07
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@Christianity
Most cultures in the world have some form of religion, Christianity, Muslim, Hindu, Judism etc. These religions forms the basis of the value system by which theses cultures live be it the West or the East. These value system forms the structure of a . .more

by Piet on December 22 2011, 06:35
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Western culture
also brought Mercedes Benz, whisky and brick houses to Africa and almost forgot, the medicines that enabled Africans to multiply from a few thousand to millions. The world is moving forward - so get on with it. The Freedom Charter is well outdated, your . .more

by Brown on December 22 2011, 06:37
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Zuma, you are the president. For God's sake man ...

do something that we can look up to.

by Honkey on December 22 2011, 06:40
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Demographics
Wellll I am afraid the missionaries only have themselves to blame

Fed , taught , protected and molly-coddled the noble savage and filled his head with all sorts of nonsense ( all those Catholic Schools run by the Society of Jesus -- just ask . .more

by Bibliophile on December 22 2011, 07:46
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Exorcise President Zuma.
The president seems to be possessed by the devil.Surely he cant mouth such unholy utterances.Bring him to our congregation,we can exorcise him,and cleanse him of these unclean spirits.Yebo makhosi.A G*** needs to be slaughtered on his behalf.Then we take . .more

by Pastor James on December 22 2011, 07:58
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This is fundamentally stupid
President Zuma forgot in a moment of self importance and for the first time assuming his responsibilities as President of the Republic that he actually is also an ordained Christian pastor. It's like Jesus mocking the miracle birth, downplaying the . .more

by Neo Warona on December 22 2011, 08:03
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Wake up - we are in the 21st century
The African value system and culture followed on from the Homonid Ape type system where the animals lived in groups etc.

We are now in the 21st century and mankind is ever evolving.

Some of us are however backward and still linger in the . .more

by Slaapsiek on December 22 2011, 08:38
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Bible and Christianity
Mr President

It would be ashame not answer you back. God answers you....

Isa 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their . .more

by What God says about you on December 22 2011, 09:00
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Tired
ANC a$$holes are always saying stuff and then having to be clairified. So tired of this yaaaaaawn....

we all know the greatest crime was handing the country over to them!!

by Eish on December 22 2011, 09:56
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Tired
ANC a$$holes are always saying stuff and then having to be clairified. So tired of this yaaaaaawn....

we all know the greatest crime was handing the country over to them!!

by Eish on December 22 2011, 09:56
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Missionaries and African culture
Regrettably, whenever I think of African culture, the following aspects come to mind:

1 The killing of young people for body parts, especially sex organs

2 Forcing sex on lesbians and, if necessary, killing them

3 The sexual . .more

by Mike Thurgood on December 22 2011, 11:16
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Missionaries and African culture
A terrible spelling glitch: for "Ciui9na" read " China"!

by Mike Thurgood on December 22 2011, 11:20
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Missionaries and African culture
Anyway, who is this goon in the Office of the Chief Whip that he/she has to pipe up with irrelevant comments on behalf of Zuma? Is he/she wanting a special Christmas favour from Zuma?

That awful religion, Christianity, which doesn't know, . .more

by Mike Thurgood on December 22 2011, 11:28
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Christianity is only a tool.
This tool was used, correctly, by the missionaries, but also very effectively by politicians. Why Zuma attempted to alienate christians beats me.

by Howard Klaaste on December 22 2011, 12:06
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Cool. we now have something new (although) very old to blame for all
It used to be apartheid's fault, now its christianity. What a bunch of losers. They are about as P******* as a six year old child whining, when confronted with a misdeed, "but its not may fault".. Children grow up and become adults, taking . .more

by Alto on December 22 2011, 12:35
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DecentAFRICANeducation.....

.....during minority rule could usually ONLY be obtained at Mission Schools. Indeed some of the VERY BEST schools during the colonial era that were also multi-racial, were faith-based Christian "schools".

ALL attendees were required to have . .more

by John Austin on December 22 2011, 13:13
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Moloto Mthondo.
At a quick glance the headline read. " ANC admits to being a Nefarious Organisation ! " It was at the '07 Polokwane conference that all the Devils escaped from hell, the NEC, led by the uSatan in General Jz.

by Zincstop. on December 22 2011, 15:11
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UBUNTU for the m......
You are what you are because the people( 20 wives?) around you make you
what you are.Hooray for ubuntu

by rothie smith on December 22 2011, 20:52
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Zooma doesnt think in a presidential manner,
What he is actually complaining about is the result of the dehumanisation and impoverisation of black people leading to the destruction of their societal and cultural fiber.Such assaults on other cultures has resulted in genocidal extermination, like . .more

by Mpendule on December 23 2011, 09:11
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JVR you were wrong
There it is JVR,you need to wake up,it wasn't the Black Sash who spoilt your party it was the bledi missionaries!

by Pedro on December 23 2011, 09:53
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@pedro
Firiend, don't you know the missionaries, with the exception of the Morawian Society (German) were all LIBERALS?

by James Bell on December 25 2011, 08:00
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