Pastors come out strongly against Uzalo as they are saying it is a disgrace and disgusting. SABC 1’s television series Uzalo has reportedly ruffled a few feathers with its story line depicting a pastor‚ who does not conform to accepted standards of morality.
It is said that the real-life pastors are displeased with one of the characters on the show‚ Pastor Nkosi, whose storyline involves being a sex pest and a church thief, alleging that he makes them look bad.
“The Pastor Nkosi storyline is painting the wrong picture of Christian pastors and Christianity as a whole‚” Pastor Caleb Mbokazi of Inheritor’s Foundation Church of Christ said in an interview with our source. “I know the show is funded with a budget of millions but it’s clear those millions are used to painting us as bad people‚” he added.
Pastor Vusi Dube of eThekwini Community Church told our source that the emergence of the Pastor Nkosi character has caused him to be scared to stand in front of his congregation‚ fearing that he could be compared to the immoral pastor in the drama series.
“Many of us are angry. We don’t have a structure where we can voice our anger. I’m afraid even to stand in front of the congregation and preach or ask for offerings‚” said Pastor Dube.
Speaking to TMG Entertainment‚ the show’s publicist‚ Koketso Phala explained that the mandate of Uzalo is to entertain‚ and also reflect what is happening in society.
“Uzalo is meant to entertain‚ that is the core focus of the show‚” she said.
“But more importantly‚ it shows what is really happening out there. It is not to say all pastors are bad‚ but these things happen.”
The fact remains for South Africans to learn a few things regarding TV dramas and show. The dramas are create to educate people and show them things that are similar to those that are happening in real life. It cannot be hidden that a lot of people are experiencing these kind of things or other things similarly.
People should be entertained. Uzalo is part of entertainment. If the pastors are looking for real shows then they may open their own TV stations and show their church activities on a daily basis. They just have to learn that not everything is about their input.
Why can’t they praise the producers about the storylines of pastors on the series? The series was not meant to promote their positions in churches, but to entertain the people of South Africa, educate them, and also show things that may be possible in their lives.
As regular followers of Uzalo, we feel offended by these priests who are looking for ways to be popular in the country. It if a fact that they have been waiting for a chance to raise their voices even when it is not necessary. We are happy with Uzalo and the fact that it will be broadcast from Monday to Friday every week means that we are still going to enjoy more about the Uzalo product. The pastors must just concentrate on their jobs at hand and make sure they do their jobs properly.