Attorney and marketplace Christian leader Dr Pearl Kupe has launched a petition opposing a petition campaign by the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) to have May 8 declared a public holiday to be called National Ancestors’ Day.
Contralesa hopes to have the proposed new public holiday declared in the first week of May, she says.
The secretary general of Contralesa Zolani Mkiva says their campaign is a spiritual one aimed at liberating the voice of Africans, says Kupe on her petition page on change.org
She says that South Africa, a predominantly Christian nation, reserves the right to oppose the invocation of ancestral spirits in the land on the grounds that it is contrary to the faith, beliefs and principles of the majority in this nation.
“May 25th is a day that has already been dedicated as Africa Day by the Africa Union. If the purpose is to acknowledge Africa, a day has already been set aside by the Africa union for acknowledgment of the continent and its Ubuntu values, she says.
She says the petition will be emailed and hand delivered to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
In the video clip below which she made ahead of a plan to dedicate SA to ancestors on May 8 last year, Kupe shares a biblical teaching on ancestral worship and distinguishes between acknowledging ancestors and worshiping them.
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