A SENIOR Eastern Cape ANC leader has emerged as the key figure behind the formation of the country’s newest political party.
The Kingdom Governance Movement (KGM) was launched in Bhisho on Thursday during a two-day gathering of about 120 pastors and business leaders from around the country. Most of them claimed to represent their churches.
Former education MEC Mkhangeli Matomela, who also served a term as the speaker of the provincial legislature, will lead the new party. He is one of the longest-serving ANC MPLs.
The Saturday Dispatch can today reveal that Matomela has secretly been working on the formation of the party for about a year. He did this while drawing a huge pay cheque as an ANC public representative – about R1-million a year.
At the launch congress at the Good News Church, delegates agreed to contest power during next year’s elections. They also resolved to fight for a united, prosperous and caring South Africa based on the daily living of Godly values, principles, ethics and moral standards in all spheres of life of the developmental state.
A Dispatch team sneaked into the secretive gathering where Matomela, during his inaugural address as party leader, labelled the ANC part of the “anti-Christ” movement. He listed it alongside respected cleric and former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, the South African Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, which he said were also part of the global anti-Christ movement.
He said the ANC, which has had a number of religious leaders serving in its national executive committee, no longer belonged to “God or the people of South Africa, but to certain individuals infiltrated by the works of Satan”.
He has already met with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and his provincial counterpart Oscar Mabuyane, and both were aware of his views and intention to leave the organisation, he said.
Mabuyane could not be reached for comment. Mantashe said: “I met Matomela and he told me he wanted to contribute to the ANC’s social transformation committee to fight Satanism in the movement and in the country. That’s the only issue he mentioned when we met. He said nothing about forming a political party.”
Johannesburg’s His Church Ministries’ pastor and businesswoman Linda Gobodo, sister to Nonkululeko Gobodo of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, the largest national black-owned accounting firm, is among a number of prominent faith leaders who are part of the new organisation. Pearl Kupe, an attorney-turned pastor and Transnet communications manager, is another.
Others were businesspeople from Gauteng and Limpopo.
At the meeting they were joined by local senior religious leaders, including Pastor David Mniki of Dutywa and Siza Masiza of East London. Masiza is now the provincial chairperson.
In his address Matomela lashed out at Tutu’s stance on
homosexuality and called him an agent of
Satan. He was responding to Tutu’s statement at the United Nations’ launch of its campaign to promote the fair treatment of lesbians and gays last month. There Tutu said he did not support a “homophobic God” and would refuse to go to a “homophobic heaven”.
“Even the South African Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches are anti-Christ movements. Even Bishop Desmond Tutu, judging by his recent statements on homosexuals, you could see he has been infiltrated and is now working for Satan.”
Ironically, Matomela still represents the ANC as its MPL in Bhisho, where he enjoys a monthly salary of close to R90 000, as well as other benefits meant for public representatives serving in the legislature. He is the chairperson of the finance committee and serves in various other portfolio committees including housing and Scopa.
Confronted by the Dispatch yesterday he admitted that he was still a member of the ANC as he had not resigned. “I feel limited in the ANC and have taken a decision not to campaign for them for the upcoming elections but for the prophetic kingdom politics,” he said. He confirmed that his new party was established in Pretoria last October and would soon be registered with the IEC as a political party to contest next year’s elections. — firstname.lastname@example.org