|Open letter to Pastor Ray McCauley of the Rhema Church regarding "Request to address your congregation" from Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President (17 March 2009)|
I note that there has been much public commentary on your decision to allow Jacob Zuma as a political leader to address your congregation.
I think it is a positive thing for your congregation to be addressed by a political leader, as long as this is not sprung on them as a surprise, and isn't an opportunity confined to only one political leader.
Your congregation, like all South Africans, have a right to hear directly from the political leaders that are competing for their votes and to hear firsthand the commitments that we are making in our election manifestoes.
Thus I write to you today to request the same opportunity to address the same congregation that Mr Zuma addressed.
Your congregation, and all religious groups in general, have as much a right to engage with political leaders and parties as any other sector of society.
Where an engagement between political leaders and churches could become problematic would be if only one political party was given this opportunity; if you were to do that you would condemned for bias.
Bantu Holomisa, MP