Moral regeneration? Teach respect in our schools

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP

“According to the Moral Regeneration Movement’s website, the origins of the MRM date back to a 1997 meeting between former President Nelson Mandela, key South African faith-based organisation leaders and others, to discuss spiritual transformation. President Mandela, highlighted the role of religion in nation-building and social transformation, and the need for them to work with the state to overcome the ‘spiritual malaise’ underpinning problems with crime.

Does the Deputy President and government agree with the original aim of the MRM, and if yes, why are Biblical values, such as respect for God, one’s neighbour and those in authority, not taught in schools, particularly in light of recent reports of students attacking teachers in schools – a behaviour the ACDP strongly condemns?”

REPLY BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, DAVID MABUZA 

“Thank you very much.

I think as government, we really agree and share those aspirations of the entire Moral Regeneration Movement. But, because, as I’ve said, religion was seen as a central pillar in the whole movement, we therefore, cannot prescribe – because, in terms of our Constitution, we are a secular state. We are not going to prescribe a form of religion. But, whatever religion is being practised, it must conform and must adhere to our Constitution.

But the very same religion that we know – all of us, Christianity – like I’ve said, it’s beginning to lose the very direction that we hope they must show. There are incidences that you know, Reverend Meshoe, where people are made to drink certain things they say to be healed, people are made to do certain things in churches that undermines what the religion stands for. And now, the Church ceases to occupy the leadership role in our moral regeneration. Of course, this is a matter that we should dialogue with the churches, because I’ve heard a number of churches condemning such actions. But, government must assist. We must assist the Church. We must assist all institutions that seek to uphold our values and build a nation.

Thank you.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS TO THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT in response to question by JH Steenhuisen (DA) on “whether he has engaged any organised segments of society in pursuit of his responsibility as champion of moral regeneration initiatives, since he was sworn in as Deputy President of the Republic on 27 February 2018; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?” 20 March 2018