The church claims the media group’s publications are aimed at undermining its integrity and reputation.
The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) on Sunday reportedly urged all its 16 million members and sympathisers to boycott the Sunday World, Sowetan, Sunday Time and other newspapers owned by Tiso Blackstar Group.
According to EWN, the ZCC said the media group had made it its mission to defame, ridicule and make a mockery of the church and its leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane.
The church said it could not spend money on or even associate itself with the Tiso Blackstar Group because their stories on their publications about the ZCC were apparently published for fun and commercial reasons. And were aimed at undermining the integrity and reputation of the church and its leader.
“We are not against freedom of press and we’re 100% supportive to any press which of course must follow the ethics and conduct of this. But as we say, as a church there is no other we can solve this problem other than doing this,” ZCC spokesperson Reverend Emanuel Motolla reportedly said.
Motolla said Tiso Blackstar’s publications were deliberately dragging the ZCC through the mud to increase “dwindling circulation”.
“I’m saying this categorically that if they think they can challenge this church and bring it to its knees, they’re day dreaming because we believe in God and pray that we should be where we are, instead of going down, we’re going up,” he said.