Leaders and members of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa held a prayer service on Wednesday evening in Houghton, Johannesburg to pray for South Africa and to observe the “Our Country is in Crisis” campaign. Pastors in the church have urged South Africans to pray fervently during this difficult time.
This comes after the country comes to terms with the president’s cabinet reshuffle, replacing finance minister Pravin Gordan with Malusi Gigaba. During the service, church leaders made their stance regarding the reshuffle clear stating that President Zuma needs to step down to save the country from further embarrassment.
“We believe in our God who promised us that if his people will humble themselves and who are called by His name, will humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and will heal their land. This is our hope and confidence,” said one pastor of the church.
The Methodist Church leaders and members are not the only ones piling on the pressure to have the president removed from office. Among opposition parties, various civil society groups across South Africa recently called on National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule a debate on a motion of no confidence in the president. The debate has since been scheduled for the 18th of April.
This will be the fifth time that opposition parties are attempting to get rid of Zuma in this manner. The last motion of no confidence against Zuma, which took place in November 2016, failed when 216 voted against it and 126 MPs voted in its favour.