As the conduct of religious leaders comes under the microscope gospel singer Xolani Jwaga has called for religion to not be tarnished by the actions of one or two individuals.
Over the past few months religion has been cast under the spotlight amidst the rape trial of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and a “crack down” on the LGBTIQ+ community in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Omotoso and two other accused Lusanda Sulani (36) and Zukiswa Sitho (28) face a series of charges including human trafficking, sexual assault and the rape of female congregants in Omotoso’s Durban-based church.
Xolani has been following both events and said people should resist the temptation to paint all Christians with the same brush.
“Any institution with good intentions can be cleaned. Take universities for example, if your child goes to one and meets both good and bad people, it does not reflect on the university. The purpose of the university is good. Religion is good but the people who come into it may not be. We can’t define religion by one person or how they act.
“If there is a criminal in South Africa that does not make all South Africans criminals.”
Xolani is all about peace and plans to return home to Kwa-Thema in Springs to fill up the Daveyton Stadium next month with his message.