President Zuma hands over R500 000 for new Zulu Bible

JANUARY 5, 2015

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday handed over a cheque for R500 000, on behalf of his JG Zuma Foundation, at Durban's St. Joseph Cathedral, as a boost for efforts to finish the translation of a new Zulu Bible.

The packed mass was also attended by KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu, Deputy Speaker of the Legislature, Meshack Radebe, as well as Durban Mayor, James Nxumalo.

Translation progressing well

Bishop Pius Dlungwane told the gathering that a team had already finished translating the New Testament in Zulu and will start working on Genesis – in the Old Testament, soon.

Problems with current Zulu Bible

Biblical scholars have said that the current Zulu Bible, which was translated in 1959 by the Bible Society - based on other translations, is riddled with many errors.

In his speech, President Zuma said he supports efforts to come up with a new translation of the Zulu Bible from original Greek and Hebrew documents as it avoids the loss of meanings.

He also called on the church to work together with government to build social cohesion and to combat social problems in the country.

The President also appealed for prayers saying government needs good leadership and peace.

He said the church has a role to play to instil the values of discipline, love and respect in people.