Are religious institutions being exploited for politicking over election season?

With elections only weeks away, politicians are ready to make use of any public opportunity to further their cause.

And religious institutions are not exempt from politicking.

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean of St George's Cathedral in Cape Town says while it is a good thing for politicians to attend services of devotion, this must not be done to dupe people.

The seduction of especially the poor people is at a high level in this season of politicking.

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean - St George's Cathedral

I think politicians bear them a special responsiblity of accountability when they go out there and they flaunt themselves and present themselves as believers, present themselves as people of best intention...

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean - St George's Cathedral

Reverend Weeder says the religious institutions involved also cannot ignore the duty this places upon them.

Likewise, worshippers too have a responsibility to hold politicians accountable after the elections, for promises made within holy places like mosques and churches.

Once we as a church commit ourselves to be gracious and welcoming, we commit ourselves to an ongoing responsiblity post the elections to become more active and to remind our members that now our responsiblity is heightened, to hold these fellows accountable to the promises that they made as they came into our churches.

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean - St George's Cathedral

We can't allow our faith and our institutions.... to be conscripted in a very narrow party political ideological cause.

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean - St George's Cathedral

At the holy time of Easter, we should be mindful of why Jesus died.

Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean - St George's Cathedral

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