The South African Council of Churches ( SACC) whose mission it is to work for moral reconstruction in South Africa, focussing on issues of justice, reconciliation, integrity of creation and the eradication of poverty and contributing towards the empowerment of all who are spiritually, socially and economically marginalised is gravely concerned about the protracted and crippling strike in the mining sector.
The SACC has been encouraged by the intervention from the Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to try and end the impasse between the striking miners and their employers but notes with regret that according to media reports, the minister has withdrawn from the negotiations.
“In as much as we commend all the work that has been done to try and resolve this conflict, we the churches regret that no resolution has been reached so far. We however, commit our prayerful support to the ongoing process,” said Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana the acting General Secretary of the SACC speaking from his office in Khotso House in Johannesburg.
“Since the minister’s intervention has not yielded the envisioned results, we are offering our physical presence to the process in order to create a fresh, neutral space within which to try and build on the work done thus far to bring the two parties to agreement for the sake of the starving families and the economy of the country which is in distress.”
The SACC is calling upon all member churches and their constituencies to pray without ceasing for a speedy, peaceful resolution to the strike.
For more information please contact:
Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa
Cell: 082 464 5509
President of the SACC
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa
Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana
Cell: 076 041 7244
Acting General Secretary of the SACC