A Pastoral Letter urging participation in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

A Pastoral Letter from the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group urging participation in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

 

31st October 2018

Micah 6:8 (NKJV): He has shown you, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

We the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG) and the provincial ecumenical movement greets church ministers, pastors, congregants and all people of the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). We are issuing this pastoral letter to help our people to prepare for the oncoming national and provincial elections. Responsible citizenship means that all eligible voters should participate in electoral processes in a constitutional democratic order such as ours in South Africa.

Context: However we are aware that we do this in a context of violence.  We are deeply disturbed by the number of alleged political killings in KZN, and the widespread prevalence of crime. On the other hand we recognise that the overwhelming majority of our people want to take our country forward to prosperity. We encourage you to use your vote to end the self-seeking culture that leads to greed, corruption and jostling for positions; and instead to choose election candidates whom you believe will bring about a more just and peaceful society.

Voter Apathy: Voter apathy is an attitude of indifference or even cynicism about elections. We acknowledge that there are high levels of mistrust and discouragement exacerbated by unjust governance and poor service delivery. Nevertheless we as citizens have to vote to change our situation. So we urge you not to be apathetic but to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to help you use your vote wisely.

Harvesting: “Harvesting” is a term used by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the process of collecting addresses of people who are eligible to vote and encouraging them to use their vote. Please register to vote even if you stay in the remote or rural areas of the province.

Electoral Violence: Realising that every time there are elections people are killed, we call on all our members and the public generally but especially the political parties, to show maturity and acceptance of different opinions and interests. Political differences should not make people enemies.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution: The KZNCLG and the ecumenical movement are offering services of mediation and conflict resolution by invitation.  These services are available to individuals and groups in conflict. (Cf the contact details below).

Your help is needed: One of the most significant ways in which we can help to ensure that the elections are free, fair and peaceful is to offer our services as observers at the voting stations. In each area of the province the KZNCC will be looking for many people to volunteer to do this work on the day of the elections as well for the count afterwards. Please be assured that you will receive training to help you undertake this task with confidence. People who have skills and experience of mediation are also invited to make themselves known to the KZNCC or any of the regional ecumenical structures listed below.

Call for Prayer:

I Timothy 2: 1 – 4. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.       

We call upon the people of KZN to pray earnestly for the upholding of the Constitution and the rule of law; for respect for the value of human life; for peace and goodwill; safety and security; free, fair and peaceful elections.

Helpful Contacts:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031 310 3500| the.director@diakonia.org.za
  2. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|simphiwemanqokontsi@gmail.com
  3. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| +27 (35) 474 1058; nyuswa@krcc.org.za |www.krcc.org.za
  4. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|skzncc@gmail.com
  5. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078429 0774| sonto6150@gmail.com

– The SAPS: 08600 10111|Provincial Commissioner’s Offices: (031) 325 4825

– Premier’s hot line: 0800 596 596

– Presidential hotline: 17737

CLG SECRETARIAT: KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)| 50 Langalibalele Street Pietermaritzburg, 3201| 033-3454819| info@kzncc.org.za

For more details contact: Rev Siyabulela Gidi 072 97777 07| sgidi@kzncc.org.za