Calls by church leaders for President Jacob Zuma to stand down continued to grow over the past week despite appeals by some for the president to be shown Christian forgiveness following his televised apology to the nation for “frustration and confusion” over the Nkandla matter.

In a meeting with senior leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) last Friday (April 8) the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC) asked the party to compel Zuma to resign following the Constitutional Court’s adverse finding against him over Nkandla. Yesterday (Thursday, April 14) the SACC in Limpopo was scheduled to hold a prayer meeting at the Anglican Cathedral Church in Polokwane to pray for Zuma to resign, reportsCapricorn Reviews.

In Port Elizabeth the Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Group (NMBLG) which represents most churches in the city has invited all city pastors to a meeting hosted by the SACC at St Stephens Anglican Parish in New Brighton at 10am today (Friday, April 15) to discuss:

1. What is the current state of our nation?
2. Leadership & character: What do we expect from those that lead us?
3. How do we stand with regards the call for President Zuma to step aside as President of SA?
4. The way forward, specifically engaging congregants on the above.

The PE meeting follows a call by a civil society mass action campaign called “The South Africa We Demand” for South Africans to organise discussions on Saturday, April 16, around securing Zuma’s resignation, what is wrong in SA, and how to remedy the wrongs. The NMBLG has endorsed the mass action campaign which was launched on the steps of the Constitutional Court last week. The campaign is supported by prominent national church leaders, political leaders and business leaders and entails mass action during April, climaxing on Freedom Day (April 27, 2016).

Any queries about the PE pastors’ meeting can be directed to Trevor Jennings at TCN: info@tcn.org.za or Archdeacon Zwelidumile Tom at St Stephens Parish:ststephensparish@telkomsa.net.

“The South Africa We Demand” campaign plan to converge at the Regina Mundi Church in Rockville, Soweto, to convene a national consultation forum on Saturday, April 16 to hear the views of ordinary people.