2018 KZNCC Annual General Meeting

DATE     : 06 September 2018

VENUE  : KwaMkhize Community Hall, Hlathikhulu (Estcourt)

TIME      : 08h00 – 14h00

This year’s AGM was a huge success in that the meeting commenced at the Hlathikhulu Taxi Rank with intercessory devotions led by uKhozi FM’s Bishop Scelo Mbokazi. The session aimed at soaking KwaZulu Natal  and the nation at large, in prayer.

Subsequent to this was the formal programme and  lunch that was held at the community hall;  courtesy of Inkosi Sibonelo Mkhize.

 

Media release: SACC Alarmed at Violence in North West Province

 

SACC Alarmed at Violence in North West Province

April 20, 2018

 

Media Release

 

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

 

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is alarmed at the violent nature of the protests taking place in the North West Province. We call on communities to desist from violence and the criminal acts of looting and destroying property.

 

The valid grievances of the people must be attended to without delay. Much has been said about Premier Supra Mahumapelo and his presumed association with corruption, linked also to what seems an irrational and wasteful mobile clinic project of Gupta fame. There has been the long standing belief that the Premier has been using Gupta resources to butter up loyal acquiescence and consent to wrongdoings in the North West. We applaud President Ramaphosa for returning home to address the crisis, and call on him to intervene decisively in that situation. We appeal to the people to remain calm and give space for effective interventions.

 

The SACC will join with other faith organisations, and engage with the Departments of Health and of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs for a pastoral engagement to ensure that just and lasting peace can be secured.

 

 

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For media queries contact:

Moagisi Sibanda

Director: Communications

South African Council of Churches (SACC)

Tel: 082 295 1581

Email: moagisi@sacc.org.za

KZNCC Embarks On The Winding Road to the 2019 Elections

November 14, 2017. Reverend Dr. Frank Chikane during a media briefing in Durban. Picture: THULI DLAMINI

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017, The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) launched its program to work towards peace and prepare for the 2019 elections. Keynote Speaker, Reverend Frank Chikane, senior vice-president of the SA Council of Churches, spoke of the importance of the program in the current turbulent climate in the country. Reverend Chikane provided a great deal of food for thought.  Here are some of the key points he made:

On the role of the church today in KZN and the country:

Reverend Chikane said he did not believe in a church that regarded people’s lives as private. He said that God was about totality: “God cannot be marginalized onto the side. My spirituality is about the totality of the human reality and environment. As a church we must be concerned about the lives of people. That is why we are concerned about what is happening in South Africa.”

State Capture & Treason

He added that the country was in its worst position since 1994 and gave an analysis of the nature of the problems currently facing South Africa. According to Rev Chikane, Pre 1994 the struggle was to give power to the people this has changed to the present scenario where power translates to the capture of the state to serve the interest of a few individuals. He said state capture was not just about fraud and corruption – it is treason: “If you use state power to serve yourself then you have actually committed an act of treason. It’s like a coup. I don’t want comrades to wake up one day and find themselves charged with treason. As the church we need to advise our members who may be involved in state capture that what they are doing is wrong and that they may end up being charged for treason

The Reverend said the fact that there was state capture during apartheid did not make it acceptable now.

On Radical Economic Transformation

“I have no problem with radical economic transformation and I am committed to it. We need radical change in the economy to improve the lives of our people and ensure the participation of Black people,” he added. However, he did not want corrupt people – serving their own interests to tell him about radical economic transformation. He said people in the country were not foolish and were not hoodwinked by people who hid behind slogans. Transformation must serve all and not just the interests of a few individuals.

 

So what can the church do?

Reverend Chikane said that the church, as with civil society, needed to mobilize to say that we are not going to allow corrupt people to lead us to our own self destruction. He added that the KZNCC’s program for peace and deepening democracy by preparing for elections was part of this process.  It was to make sure that the electoral process was free and fair and to alert people to the fact that when they see something wrong they need to take a stand. The Program was about monitoring the situation, ensuring dialogue and above all ensuring peace. “We need to make sure that people are governed properly and there is no fraud and corruption. All of us, wherever we are, we are here to defend the people of South Africa,” he added

But, what about the need for the Church to remain neutral

As a former ANC veteran and senior civil servant, Rev Chikane said he was mindful of the issue of neutrality. He said there was no such thing as total neutrality: “As the church we cannot be neutral to such an extent that we do not talk about justice. Yes, I’ve been a leader of the ANC, but the critical issue is that whatever I say cannot be against a political party. I operate on the level of what is right and wrong, even if my party is wrong, I need to say that it is wrong. I was at a meeting discussing the relationship between the church and the ANC and I said that we were with you because you were on the side of justice, but if you deviate from the path of justice, then don’t blame me for taking a stand that is critical.”