Interfaith council condemns anti-Zuma marches as coup

Bishop Bheki Ngcobo has questioned why there is such a rush to remove President Zuma from office when his term is expected to end soon.

Amakhosi and religious leaders will be praying for SA and President Jacob Zuma at the Durban City Hall. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - The National Interfaith Council of South Africa, together with traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, have described marches against President Jacob Zuma as a coup orchestrated by individuals who want to run the country through the backdoor.

The organizations will on Monday hold a prayer for Zuma ahead of Tuesday’s motion of no confidence vote in Parliament.

They say there’s an attempt by opposition parties to impose an agenda on the millions of South Africans who democratically elected Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC) in office.

Bishop Bheki Ngcobo has questioned why there is such a rush to remove the president from office when his term is expected to end soon.

“This is an attempt to gain political power through the back door.”

The Apostle Church's Mxolisi Phakathi said: “We know that this is a coup from individuals who want to control us and the country.

The council and traditional leaders have called on South Africans to boycott tomorrow’s marches against Zuma in the interests of peace.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)