This is what happened to Jeff Radebe at Moria
Though Malema claimed the minister was turned away for bragging on Twitter, reports say he failed to produce an invitation letter.
Minister Jeff Radebe. Linda Mthombeni.
It appears Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema’s suspicions were right about Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe’s visit to Moria on Sunday as the “truth” about what really happened has apparently finally come out.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday morning, Radebe told his followers it was “my singular honour and privilege” to have been invited to attend Zion Christian Church (ZCC) at Moria in the Limpopo province.
“The ZCC is one of the religious movements that I hold in high repute.
“I regard the ZCC as the epitome of positive human values, unity and faithfulness,” he said at the time.
However, later on in the day Malema asked the minister to be honest about what had really happened during his visit there.
“I hope Jeff Radebe will take the nation into confidence about what happened at Moria today,” wrote Malema at the time.
According to the Sowetan, the minister was turned away at the holy city because he reportedly failed to produce an invitation.
However, his friend told the publication that Radebe was invited two months ago to attend the services at Moria. When he got there, church officials wanted to remove people who were sitting in the front row to make space for him, an idea Radebe apparently did not agree with, saying he did not want preferential treatment at the gathering.
The friend, who the publication did not name, further claimed that what happened to Radebe was an act of sabotage as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking at another, smaller, St Engenas ZCC gathering in the same area.
The people who created the havoc apparently did not want the minister to speak at a bigger gathering than Ramaphosa.
They, however, also could not provide proof of the invitation letter to Radebe.
An apparent close source to the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the publication Radebe was turned away after failing to produce the invitation letter.
Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane’s right hand man, Emmanuel Motola, told the publication he was not aware of Radebe’s invitation.