Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP and former party spokesperson, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi set Twitter alight on Sunday, 31 May 2020, by launching a no holds barred attack against the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, over the party’s repeated calls for religious gatherings to be allowed under the lockdown.
Meshoe is a gambler
In a series of tweets, Ndlozi called his fellow MP a “gambler” and also accused him of seeking to make profit off the church, even going to the trouble of citing a scripture from the bible.
“You are a gambler Kenneth. This is the definition of your dishonest, irresponsible and dangerous Faith: Gambling. You want to gamble with peoples’ lives just so you collect tithes! We should do to you what Jesus did to those who were gambling in Jerusalem Temple in Matt 21:12…”, he tweeted.
“Why Kenneth, would you go against ZCC, Nazareth, Methodist who say churches must be closed? What drives you to want churches to open even when the Covid-19 death toll and infections is on the rise? Like profiteers in mines, you think of Church as Job creating, making money for (you)”, Ndlozi’s twitter thread further read.
Churches should remain open under lockdown
After President Cyril Ramaphosa seemingly succumbed to pressure by declaring that religious gatherings including churches would be allowed to operate under level three of the lockdown, Meshoe was one of several who welcomed the decision.
The decision sparked an outcry from several sectors of society, most of them citing concerns over churches being susceptible to a wave of infections.
Meshoe along with others in the religious fraternity said they were confident health measures would be followed.
“Since the protocols are in place, churches and South Africans know there are regulations they must follow and there are health protocols they must observe and implement, and because of that we don’t believe that the church will be a place where people will be infected”, he is quoted as saying to TimesLIVE.
“Infections take place anywhere where there are human beings and now to sideline the church and say people must not go to church because they will be infected was an unjust and unbiased attitude and it has been dealt a death blow”, Meshoe also said.