Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is calling on religious authorities in South Africa to not overlook unethical behaviour in the name of faith.
Speaking to a congregation at Alleluia Ministries in Sandton, Johanneburg, Nhleko bemoaned the justification of rights infringements in the name of faith.
“Under no circumstances should we use the name of God, Allah, Qamatha, Mvelinqangi, Buddah, Moses, Jesus or any other prophet of God to commit acts that infringe on the rights of others and have the net result of constituting acts of injustice and even criminality,” he said.
“Under no circumstances should we abuse our women, children, the elderly, and the physically weak, foreign nationals and those we employ or manage using the name of God.”
Furthermore, he emphasised that remaining silent on human rights abuses and crime in our communities is not in the interest of righteousness and society in general.
Nhleko, says the GCIS, was at the church to receive an award recognising the sacrifices of the SAPS in bringing peace to communities.
“What we do in the SAPS is principally rooted in the Constitution but also in the belief that at the end we all account to a Supreme Being,” he added. “It is by no means a perfect institution, but one that strives to do right every time.”