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Title:Jesus, Jacob Zuma, and the new Jerusalem: religion in the public realm between Polokwane and the presidency
Author:West, GeraldISNI
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion (ISSN 1011-7601)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:religious policy
Church and State
African National Congress (South Africa)
About person:Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (1942-)ISNI
Abstract:The 52nd National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) in December 2007 in Polokwane has prompted a new era in the ANC's deployment of religion in the public realm. This paper explores the kind of religion projected in the public sphere by the ANC after liberation in 1994, focusing specifically on the period after Polokwane. The paper alludes to the rather reluctant presence of religion in the public realm under Nelson Mandela, traces the ambivalent but increasingly affirmative role under Thabo Mbeki, outlines the official ANC policy on religion in the 2007 'Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) of the Soul' policy discussion document, and then analyses how these trajectories have been taken up by Jacob Zuma in the public realm between Polokwane and the Presidency. The focus throughout is on the question of to what extent there is an emerging ANC-led 'shape' to religion in the public realm, and to what extent that shape extends beyond the moral to the economic-political domain. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]