10/11/2015 – STATEMENT ON THE CRL RIGHTS COMMISSION’S INVESTIGATION ON CHURCHES

November 11, 2015

Statements

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Media Statement
ACDP President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe, MP

STATEMENT ON THE CRL RIGHTS COMMISSION’S INVESTIGATION ON CHURCHES

 

The ACDP acknowledges that the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities is responding to concerns and complaints raised by a broad cross section of society with this investigation, following widely published questionable practices, such as encouraging followers to eat rats and snakes and even to drink petrol.

While we see the need for an investigation following such abuses, we are concerned that the enthusiasm to finalise this investigation has resulted in a heavy-handed approach by the Commission, with various churches being subpoenaed to provide extensive information at very short notice, which is regrettable.

We are unwavering supporters of maximum freedom of religion and belief, and are acutely aware of the danger where the state has interfered with these freedoms globally. This must be avoided at all costs.

As one of the spiritual leaders in this nation, I want to appeal to the CRL Rights Commission to ensure that they are seen to be fair in fulfilling their constitutional mandate, so as not to be suspected of targeting the Christian faith. Whereas a number of Church leaders have already been summoned to appear before the commission, it is important that the next batch of people to be subpoenaed should come from other faiths such as the African Traditional Religions, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sangomas, and others.

Accountability and transparency should be demanded from all groups.

I also want to call on all church groups in our nation to regulate themselves and ensure that abuse of the vulnerable and all other unbiblical practices in the church are exposed and condemned. Failure to do so would be inviting government to regulate the church which will have disastrous consequences.

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