National 18.3.2016 09:54 am

Mbeki beetroots worse than Nkandla – Bishop

Bishop Pule Makgethi is seen at a march with members of the Rivers of Living Ministry to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, 3 November 2015, in Braamfontein. This follows subpoenas that were issued by the commission for several pastors to appear before it, including Bishop Stephen Zondo and Pastor Lesego Daniel. Picture: Michel Bega

Bishop Pule Makgethi is seen at a march with members of the Rivers of Living Ministry to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, 3 November 2015, in Braamfontein. This follows subpoenas that were issued by the commission for several pastors to appear before it, including Bishop Stephen Zondo and Pastor Lesego Daniel. Picture: Michel Bega

Mbeki’s beetroots aids cure saga worse, says Bishop, as it lead to “people’s death, rather than just money”.

Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki’s flaws as presidents of the country did not amass a lot of criticism from politicians and the media – unlike President Jacob Zuma, Bishop Pule Magethi, the second president of the Indigenous Religious Round Table International (INRRI), said.

Magethi, pictured, said Zuma, Mandela and Mbeki have all erred as country leaders, but many more are critical of Zuma.

He claimed this was due to his lack of education and – unlike Mbeki and Mandela – he was leading a divided ANC.

Mbeki and his late health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s beetroot, garlic, lemons, beer, and African potatoes saga, “were worse than the Nkandla issue in that it had to do with people’s death, rather than just money” said Magethi.

Although this was more shocking than the Nkandla account, as Mbeki instituted policies denying antiretroviral drugs to Aids patients, resulting in their death, this shows that people are more concerned about property and money than lives, he said.

Meanwhile the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC), Rev Ray McCauley, Pundit Ashwin Trikamjee, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and Moulana Ebrahim Bham welcomed deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas’s disclosure about the alleged job offer by the Guptas.

They called upon the ANC to live up to its responsibility as a “leader of society” when it meets this weekend.

“It must honestly ask itself what led to this state of affairs. Critically, it must deal with this particular matter in a decisive manner.

“Anything less would be a betrayal of the trust the majority has put in the ANC as the ruling party,” said the NRLC.

They called on the Guptas to desist from any activity, “real or perceived, that would suggest it is seeking to capture the state”.

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