The New St John’s Apostolic Church introduced ward councillor Gamelihle Maqula to the community of KwaZakhele on Sunday.
The church urged politicians to work with religious organisations to help bring development to their people.
The event also served as the church’s annual congress. Church- goers came from as far as Limpopo and Western Cape to receive blessings from Archbishop Mtutuzeli Ngomeni, the church’s founder.
The church was formed in 1983 and has more than 50 000 members.
Speaking to hundreds of church members and community leaders, the bishop asked councillor Maqula to respect the will of the people.
He said: “It is important for politicians to work with the people.
“You grew up here, so we expect you to bring development to this area. You know our problems and concerns, so we expect you to deliver.
“Do not be arrogant towards your people, because God will take away what he has given you.
“Churches play a vital role in our communities. They should warn politicians when they are not doing the right thing.
“As churches, especially African ones, we do not have our own land.
“We appeal to you as a son of the community to ensure that all churches get land to build on. We cannot continue to operate from rented land.”
Councillor Maqula said: “I feel honoured to have been invited by the church to officially introduce me to my ward.
“I would like to ensure that crime is reduced in this area by creating more jobs.
“Although unemployment is a global problem, I hope that we can reduce the rate of joblessness by working together.
“The ANC is fully committed to make every citizen live a happy life filled with prosperity and security.”