Church fires priest over ties to ANC

Johannesburg - A Limpopo priest has been fired because of his close ties with the ANC, the Sowetan reported on Friday.

Reverend Timothy Xaba, 52, of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) was fired in July as minister of the Polokwane central congregation.

In June last year, Xaba was approached to help lead Polokwane communities in prayer for the then sickly former president Nelson Mandela. After a moving prayer, he was appointed chaplain of the African National Congress.

Xaba then featured in many ANC events and government functions, where he led prayers.

The leadership of the URCSA was not happy about this and wrote a letter to Xaba terminating his contract.

In the letter, the leadership expressed dissatisfaction with Xaba's role in the ANC.

"It has come to the attention of the URCSA that you have availed yourself and [been] appointed in the office of chaplaincy in the governing body of the ANC in Limpopo. As a result you forfeit your status as a minister of the word in the URCSA with immediate effect," the letter stated, according to the newspaper.

The church also requested Xaba to return his licence to practise as a pastor.

Xaba said he did not receive any remuneration for his job as a chaplain.

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Azana Booi 2014-09-05 09:02:06 AM
Good Riddance!!! Big up to the church!!!!
WG Morgan 2014-09-05 09:02:21 AM
Religious leaders should not be political. Do not follow in the DRC apartheid footsteps!
Henno 2014-09-05 09:03:42 AM
Yeah ... I am in two minds about this, but given the ANC's track record of corruption I would also be worried about the pastor corrupting the flock and leading them to the "Dark Side" ... apparently they use cookies for bribing ...
Terence Wessels 2014-09-05 09:04:20 AM
Good. One church better off. The bugger was probably stealing donations.
Phillip Mathibe 2014-09-05 09:08:37 AM
This is so unfair, eg if a DR decides to work as a team Dr of a rugby, soccer or hockey team while practising in his private practise or public hospitaal the medical council wont revoke or take his licence. The pastor is merely spreading the word of God in a different platform. The URC had pastors in Radio stations, in the army in the police while they had their own congregations but they had no problems with that. Pls church leave the man of God to do his calling in peace.
Maki Motaung 2014-09-05 09:08:46 AM
Well done to that church for taking that decision. The Pastor should have known better than that,but as its written in the bible u can not work for the two masters at the same time choose the one u will follow, so he choose the anc church had to let him go.
Tommy 2014-09-05 09:09:50 AM
Politics and believes oppose each other. Politics is a game, and faith was never something to play with. I support the decision.
Marc Ross 2014-09-05 09:13:01 AM
You cant be a church minister and openly serve Satan.
Jan Grimbeek 2014-09-05 09:27:46 AM
NO.... they fired him for defrauding the church by getting 2 salaries and also cklaim that he is a priest for their church while he absconded and started working for the anc. Coincidence that one of the jobs was with the anc ? Politicking from the pulpit ??
coswecanfly 2014-09-05 09:29:38 AM
Yes please. Religion and politics should never mix. Just look at Israel to see what happens.