PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma should be forgiven and the nation should “move
on”, the National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC) has said.
“Let us leave this episode behind us, regrettable as it is, and
move on as a nation,” a council statement reads.
“The NILC calls for prayer for our president and his family and for
healing and forgiveness in what has been a difficult week for the nation.”
They said since Zuma had apologised and “confessed” after news
broke that he had fathered a child with a girlfriend, faith dictated he be
Many of the public opinions expressed on the matter centred on the
country’s HIV/Aids policies and the promotion of condom use, as well as whether
it was acceptable to have relationships outside a polygamous marriage.
His spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said it was a matter between two
consenting adults but then Zuma issued a statement apologising to his family,
the ANC and the country.
“I deeply regret the pain that I have caused to my family, the ANC,
the Alliance and South Africans in general,” he said.