Shembe member blames gays for drought

Shembe member blames gays for drought

The drought was an act of vengeance from God, he said.

As South Africans are convinced it is the lack of rainfall that led to the drought that has stricken the country in the past few months, Shembe church leaderof the Ebuhleni faction, Mduduzi Shembe, came up with another theory.

Speaking at a function in Nongoma at the weekend, Shembe said gay people were responsible for the drought that has been crippling KwaZulu-Natal, The Mercury reported.

His speech was met with anger from the gay and lesbian community, labelling his remarks as “inflammatory”, while the provincial government said the remarks were unfortunate and unacceptable. The Shembe church has reportedly denied that its leader made the statements. Supporting his views, Shembe further said the drought was an act of vengeance from God because people had “defiled” him. He said men marrying men was an act of defiance.

In attendance when those remarks were allegedly made was Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who also came under fire earlier this year for “fuelling” xenophobic attacks when he allegedly said foreign nationals must be deported to their home countries.

The king reportedly said it was unacceptable that locals were being made to compete with people from other countries for the few economic resources available.

Addressing Pongolo community members during a moral regeneration event, Zwelithini accused government of failing to protect locals from the “influx of foreign nationals”.

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