I am flabbergasted. I commented as follows on the article:
"So do we start fearing God once we've finished committing adultery or trying to wheedle our way out of facing the court on criminal charges? And which religion are we going to force on schoolkids? Will the ANC decide? Is this all part of a grand plan to brainwash our kids, starting by taking them from uneducated mothers and then forcing religion down their throats? At any rate I would prefer to teach my child to conduct herself according to love and compassion, not fear. Mr Zuma, you have previously shown your bigotry with, among others, your comments about gays, and it appears you say whatever your audience wants to hear. But your contempt for our Constitution is becoming intolerable. Religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution, and any attempt at infringing upon it by your party will be met with legal action."
I am pleased to say that many other people also expressed their concern - well said Sharon :) - but scarily many people seem all for it. In fact many people seem to think that his suggestion that "people would consider their actions more carefully if they kept in mind how the departed, or God, or other citizens, would view their behaviour" is correct. Um, again I am prompted to ask, when did Mr Zuma complete a degree in Social Science, Psychology or Criminology? Fear is never a good basis for behaviour. Instilling respect for the rights and dignity of others, however, may go a long way towards promoting positive behaviour among children. But this would mean that we'd have to start at the top, and that won't be easy.
And again I say, NO-ONE will force my child to say any prayers to anyone, least of all the misguided self-styled protector of our virtue.