Boycott Tiso BlackStar Publications, ZCC Tells 16million Members


ZCC congregants attend annual Easter Weekend service at Moria in Limpopo. Moria is the Headquarters of  ZCC Church

In a letter dated 16 September 2017, the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has called on its members, 16 million of them according to it, to boycott all Tiso BlackStar Newspapers following “a disturbing trend that has been unfolding in the media space in recent months, wherein the name of the Zion Christian Church and its spiritual head, His Grace, The Right Reverend Bishop, Dr BE Lekhanyane is deliberately dragged in the mud for malicious reasons”.

Tiso BlackStar publications include Sunday Times, Sunday World, Sowetan, and Business Day.

The Church said the”sustained attacks” on it were perpetrated by the newspapers through two journalists, Amos Mananyetso and Ngwako Malatji who had turned the church into their “project” in collusion with disgruntled members. They have done this, the Church asserts, “by regularly publishing stories that sought to create an impression that the church is crisis-ridden, morally questionable and devoid of leadership.”

Sunday World, last month, wrote a story about “an unholy war” that had broken out between the ZCC and a prominent Pretoria legal eagle Advocate Jerry Koma after he interdicted the church from taking him to a disciplinary hearing. http://www.sundayworld.co.za/news/2017/07/30/top-lawyer-challenges-lekganyane

Other stories include accusations that the Church allowed it’s Atteridgeville Mokhuku Choir conductors to abuse members, “and forced through its unethical conduct, members in Botswana to rebel against the church and his Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop, Dr BE Lekhanyane”.

“It became clear to us then, as it is now, that Tiso Blackstar’s campaign against ZCC was and remains motivated by commercial reasons. It is a well known fact that print publications are have been suffering low circulation and readership figures, and Sunday World is no exception to that”. Tiso Blackstar were among the hardest hit, the statement read.

“Sowetan dropped its circulation 73 610 from 88 741, Sunday World fell to 54 481 from 76 039, Business Day declined from 24 508 to 20 056 while Sunday Times declined to 262 715 from 291 770…”

Here’s the full letter Boycott All Tiso Blackstar Newspapers – ZCC Church call on its members




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  1. Nice story indeed, however whats grabbed me here is that the church has called for boycotting, instead of pretesting and i think in SA and the world we forget the power we have when we simply keep our wallets closed to some organizations and the results are very quick too

  2. Its about time!
    Thank you Bishop!
    This is the most powerful tool we have to break all forms WMC & their arrogance.

  3. I boycotted them for years now and proudly and deliberately so … I now spend my money on The New Age to support Jimmy Manyi’s black business.

  4. Awesome news! Remember many people get their news from social media,have its from mostly ZCC people that this media group generate revenue from, mostly Sowetan & City Press. Can our government now follow suit and terminate all advertising in these papers?

    1. Our government sadly too lame. Helen Zille stopped Cape Times, as the first newspaper censorship in this country, because they wrote a bad article on her after years of booty licking the DA. Nothing happened. THe ANC to afraid. And worse, I heard the guy managing newspaper advertising was a “Black Consciousness” journalist who used to work for City Press – cant remember his name – but Mathata Tsedu brigade.

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