Seven Christian parties meet in Pretoria to discuss election unity

Leaders at a recent gathering of Christian political parties in Pretoria are, front, from the left, Dr Arno van Niekerk (Time2RiseSA), Malixole Mdolo (GSA), Dr Pearl Kupe (Time2AriseSA), Dr Convy Baloyi (ACO), Wayne Thring (ACDP), Mpho Dagada (Arise SA); and back, from the left, Dr Jerome Swartz (ARA), Adv Moafrika Wa Maila (AACUM) and Rev John Mathuhle (Hope4SA).

Seven South African Christian political parties met in Pretoria on Friday to discuss a united strategy for the upcoming elections.

The meeting between the ACDP, ACCO, AACUM, ARA, Arise SA, GSA and Hope4SA went “particularly well”, said Dr Arno van Nierkerk of nation-building movement Time2RiseSA which facilitated the gathering.

“It started with several minutes of intense prayer as we sought the Lord’s face together for this important meeting. We prioritised being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit,” he said.

He said: “Discussions started on what led to Time2RiseSA calling for such a meeting. The basic reason is Christians want to see unity being demonstrated by party leaders, which would translate into consolidating the Christian vote.

“We then went into discussing the In One Accord [document] as a draft proposal. Everyone agreed in principle that the proposal is good, but wanted time to make some adjustments here and there.

“We decided to give all parties a week to make amendments, after which we will meet again online. The meeting took place in a positive spirit, which included frank and robust discussions.

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“There was a real sense of awareness that we need to do all we can to involve Christians in SA as much as possible in bringing change. Apart from the Accord, joint actions by all the parties, supported by Time2RiseSA, should at times be taken to build a groundswell of believers rising up in love to lead South Africa in a new direction.”

Van Niekerk said that Time2RiseSA is not a political party, but it is in full support of establishing a righteous government in South Africa.

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