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