Preacher blames gays for Marikana shooting

Controversial pastor Errol Naidoo trended briefly on Twitter on Wednesday after publishing a newsletter from the Family Policy Institute, which claimed that "abortion-on-demand", driven by radical feminists and the "homosexual agenda" for a "culture of death" in South Africa.

"The murder of more than a million unborn citizens has perpetuated a culture of death in South Africa. Life has become cheap and has lost its dignity and sanctity in a culture that glorifies self-gratification. There has been much hand wringing and recrimination about the Marikana [tragedy]. But when human life is diminished in the womb, that callousness will find its way into the national psyche," reads the newsletter.

"Abortion-on-demand, driven by radical feminist activists and the homosexual agenda, lie at the heart of the culture of death. These anti-family groups are responsible for population decline," it read.

Last week 34 people were killed and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on miners partaking in a wildcat strike at Lonmin Mine in Marikana. President Jacob Zuma has called for an inquiry into the incident, which has been described by some as a massacre, and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has initiated a probe into the deaths.

Naidoo's newsletter was met with outrage on Twitter.


Boitshoko Machwusa tweeted that Naidoo was "taking the opportunity to spread bigotry", while commerce lecturer Jacques Rousseau added: "It is possible to be more opportunistic than Malema."

Journalist Mandy de Waal commented: "When I read [the newsletter] I become more convinced that strains of religion are akin to a virus that destroys rationality."

Sociologist Lizle Loots, meanwhile, compared Naidoo to Todd Akin, the Republican Senate-hopeful who claimed that "legitimate rape" did not result in pregnancy.

"Today's Prayer: I know you don't make mistakes, but how do you explain Errol Naidoo?" said another Twitter user, while another blamed Naidoo for making "Christians seem like lunatics".

Naidoo is president of the Family Policy Institute (FPI), which describes itself as "a non-profit research and educational organisation dedicated to articulating and advancing a family-centred philosophy of public life" that was "chartered to represent the common shared values of the Christian community in South Africa".

He interned briefly at the neo-conservative Family Research Council, a lobby group for conservative legislation in the US, and appears to have used the organisation as a template for the FPI.

He has previously called for an end to Knysna's gay pride parade, which he described as a "shameless celebration of sexual depravity", and disparaged the feminist "rejection of the clearly defined roles of men and women" and blamed the women's liberation movement for the pill, legal abortion, no-fault divorce and out-of-wedlock births, among other things.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Poachers in prisons tell their stories

Interviews with offenders provide insight into the structure of illegal wildlife trade networks

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

More top stories

The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

Any move made by the Zondo commission head or by former president Jacob Zuma must be calculated, because one mistake from either side could lead to a political fallout

Museveni declared winner of disputed Uganda election

Security personnel out in force as longtime president wins sixth term and main challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging.

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without...

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…