Pastoral Letter on Easter and Elections

KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders Group (KZNCLG)                                                       16th April 2019

To All Church Leaders and the Entire People of God

We, the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders released a Pastoral letter on the 31st of October 2018 at Diakonia in Durban. Therein we lamented the escalation of violence and killings with specific reference to the alleged “politically motivated” killings in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Now as we celebrate the holiest time in the Christian calendar, we take the opportunity to once again implore the people of our Province to join us in supporting all peace initiatives being made by all sectors of civil society, the churches and those engaged in the ecumenical and interfaith movements. As Easter leads us to the 8th May 2019 general elections, let us exhaust all avenues as we strive to live the principles of tolerance and peace.

We invite all people of goodwill to celebrate principal message given by Jesus after his resurrection: Peace be with you! of Jesus. It is his Resurrection that reinforces the values and fruits of peace: faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude and hope. Jesus himself sums up the message of Easter with these words: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, do I give to you … (Jn. 14: 27).

With this kind of peace the KZNCLG asks you to give this peace to everyone and to let it go on beyond the National and Provincial elections of the 8th May 2019. We implore the People of God, to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Colossians 3:15).

In some of our past elections which we monitored and observed, we noted that the Province was showing signs of political maturity on the part of both the political parties and the electorate. Somehow we have slipped from that commendable tolerance, to the current situation characterized by intra-party scuffles, which so easily degenerate into political violence. Whereas what we need is mutual acceptance built on the “principles of peace” and communal stability. As we walk the “via dolorosa” (the way of the cross) towards the Resurrection we implore all the Churches to pray for peace in our province, our country and indeed all the world.

We share with our Catholic brothers and sisters in their deep pain as they begin  this Holy week with the extremely heavy burden of witnessing the destruction by fire of the 850 old Norte Dame Cathedral, a most sacred place of worship in Paris. Let us pray for Pope Francis and the entire Catholic community in France and indeed in the world.

May God Bless our country and us, its people as we celebrate Easter in the hope that God will endow us with wisdom and dedication as we seek to apply the “Principles of peace”, which will hopefully lead us towards a free, fair, credible and integral 2019 General elections on the 8th of May 2018.

KZN Church Leaders Group

Chair: Cardinal Napier.

Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice

Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice

Key Note Address presented at the Celebration of the independence of Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC) 30 May 2012 also presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) on the 6th December 2018

Text: John 10: 30 – “I and my Father are one” 


The topic we are tackling in this key note address at the celebration of the independence of Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC) is: Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice. The state of independence we are celebrating is intermediate. This means that we have just departed from the state of dependence and are maturing towards the state of interdependence.

“Hence, international co-operation and solidarity and the relentless search for consensus become an absolute imperative. They are the only possible alternative for all nations, whose interdependence is being  made increasingly manifest by the rapid development of production technology, of transport and communication, as well a by the overhanging threat of deterioration of the environment and exhaustion of natural resources. And what is one to say of the frightful accumulation of means of destruction in a world facing the no less frightful problems of hunger, disease and ignorance” (Wikipedia/ Interdependence)

Our existence as part of the ecumenical family was realised around a common course of making a contribution to socio-economic and socio-ecological challenges as well as expressing our Christian faith in the world ravaged with multifold injustices, inequities and inequalities.  We read from surveys that the church is one of the institutions which is trusted by the majority of the people for its uprightness and integrity.  In recent times we know that the church has lost its edge as a prophetic movement. We can then take advantage of the ecological degradation and lack of quality service delivery and the corruption in the upper echelons of our present political dispensation to emerge as a force to reckon with as far as issues of social transformation and justice for all are concerned.

In a nutshell the text we have read where Jesus says “I and the Father are one” means that the Son is coeternal with the Father, is co-substantial with the Father is co-existent with the Father and that the Son is not subordinate to the Father but is of the very essence and Aseity with the Father and that in them there is interdependence and inter-dwellingness, collaboration coordination and as the union of the Homosione.  The God is that of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has been understood as Father, Son and Holy Spirit though in modalism the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father. The Father is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father and the Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Son. And the Father is of the Son and the Holy Spirit and the Son is the Father and the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son of the inseparable Godhead.

In the same manner KZNCC is of TAMCC is of KRCC is of Midlands Christian Council (MCC) is of Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) is of SACC, of AACC of WCC all seeking to fulfill the ecumenical vision on earth.   Shall we turn to the topic of the day proper?

What is Dependence?

Dependence is the State of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like. This state of affairs is not sustainable. In the order of human life children grow to a point of seeking de-parenting, and continue to be supported to adulthood and consequently the inevitability of independence is realised.

Dependence is s state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect on a cause. In our regard KZNCC caused TAMCC and this relationship of contingency has to mature or else if perpetuated becomes an undesirable scenario where:  In medicine, dependence as a state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use is not good. The independence process was a panacea of helping TAMCC from a serious addiction with KZNCC medically speaking. Dependence is a state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something; a state of being subordinate to something.


Dependence is a state of reliance on someone’s judgment – an allusion to children hanging on their parents’ sleeves. TAMCC should not be like in computer science where dependency is called Coupling, a state in which one object uses a functionality of another object. It must not be the case that TAMCC must be paralysed and made dysfunctional because KZNCC for some reason cannot function.

In Economics a dependent is a person who relies on another as a primary source of income. And in economics the dependency theory is an economic worldview which states that resources flow from the poor states to wealthy states.  In other words this theory says the wealthy, not that KZNCC is, take from the production of the producers/ the workers. The state of independence makes it possible that the workers begin to own the means of production and have sovereignty and final decision making on where and how those resources must be utilized to benefit the majority of the people.

What is Independence?

“Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory politically speaking (additions mine)” (Wikipedia)

Independence means not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc. It means thinking or acting for oneself; not subject to another authority or jurisdiction; not influenced by the thought or action of others; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc; and not relying on another or others for aid or support (ibid)


In politics, a person who votes in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the position taken by, any party is independent; is free from control in action and judgment and does not depend on anything else to function and validity.

Economically an independent person is the one providing a large sum towards one’s support; having independent income and independent means.

What is Interdependence?

“Interdependence is a relationship in which each member is mutually dependent on the others. This concept differs from a dependence relationship, where some members are dependent and some are not. In an interdependence relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically and or morally reliant on and responsible to each other.” Seemingly in an interdependent relationship, all the parties feel and are weak and vulnerable without the other or feel and are stronger, complimentary, better of, and confident working together is unity, cordiality, transparency, equality, and sharing co-responsibility.

“An interdependence relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants (e.g., – co-op).” A state of interdependence is a common ground between the participants who share common goals and aspirations.


“Karl Marx first used the term interdependence in the Communist Manifesto (1848) in describing the universal interdependence of nations in comparison to the old local and national seclusions of independence and self-sufficiency”. Fundamentalism and nationalism must be superseded by internationalism and interdependence if the world should survive in years to come.


In business and commerce “there is a view that computer technology has allowed greater communication, interaction and interdependence. It is thought that this has massively helped the introduction and start up of new ideas and enterprises”. It is in networking and relationship building that the collective impact on the enhancement of social justice and further social transformation of communities can potentially happen.  Interdependence makes it possible for gestalt synergies to have a greater impact than not.  Interdependence is one of the principles of the age of networked intelligence, and of progress in knowledge and innovation.  This can be harvested to cause a greater change by the interdependent ecumenical body of Christ in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Covey maintains that we function best as innovators when we recognize, and work towards, the role of interdependence (ibid)

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of [humanity] as self-sufficiency. [Humans] are social beings. Without interrelation with society he (sic) cannot realise his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His (sic) social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality” (Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, March 21, 1929, p. 93)

About interdependence, Martin Luther King Jr. once said in his lecture from Birmingham prison: “Moreover, I am cognizant of the interconnectedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects us directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds” (Martin Luther King Jr., Lecture from Birmingham Jail, April 6, 1963)


And Stephen Covey writes in his famous book on ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ (1989): “Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won’t be good leaders or team players. They are not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality” (Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989)

In closure, the answer of our common survival and progress can be found in our quest to supersede independence and yearn to be interdependent if we were to achieve social justice and radical social transformation.

Dr Lucas Mogashudi Ngoetjana

Incwadi Yokwelusa Mayelana NeNdluzula Eqhubeka kulesisiFundazwe


Incwadi Yokwelusa YesiGungu sabaHoli BamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal Mayelana NeNdluzula Eqhubeka kulesisiFundazwe

31 October 2018

Bafowethu noDadewethu abaThandekayo kuKristu.

Lena yiNcwadi YokweLusa mayelana nokhetho lukazwelonke kanye nezifundazwe lwango-2019.

KwabaseRoma 12:17-19

“Ningaphindiseli-muntu okubi ngokubi; nakani okuhle phambi kwabantu bonke; uma kungenzeka, ngokwenu hlalisanani ngokuthula nabantu bonke;…” isho iNkosi.

Thina siGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group – KZNCLG) sikanye nombuthano wamaBandla abambiseneyo kulesisiFundazwe, siyanibingelela nonke. Ngalencwadi Yokwalusa sifisa ukuniqaphelisa ngokuthi izinga lendluzula selenyuke laze lafinyelela eqophelweni elingemukeleki neze. Sidinga ukukhuleka sinxuse ngesineke ukuba uMoya oNgcwele kaNkulunkulu asisize ukwenza isiFundazwe sethu sibe nokuthula.

Ilukuluku LokuLungisa izinto Ngempindiselo: IsiFundazwe sakwethu sesizithola futhi sesisengozini enkulu, yobuhlungu kanye nokulimazana ngenxa yezehlo zokubulalana esezisabalele nalolonke izwe laseNingizimu Afrika, kepha esezivame kakhulu kulesisiFundazwe. Ukuze sihlangabezane nalesisimo, sifisa ukunikhumbuza ukuthi ubulungiswa bukaNkulunkulu buhlala njalo bugebele ngasohlangothini lwesihawu nomusa kunokujezisa nempindiselo. Ngakho-ke, nathi masiphokophele izinto ezinhle lapha eKZN, ngaleyondlela-ke, imiphakathi yelakithi iyokwelapheka amanxeba.

Isimo Sokwanda Kwezigameko: Izibalo zezigameko zendluzula ezikhishwe ngamaPhoyisa emnyakeni ka-2017/18 zikhomba ukuthi izigameko zokubulalana lapha eKZN zenyuke zisuka ku-4014 zaya ku-4382, amacala aphathelene nendluzula yocansi wona enyuke asuka ku-8484 aya ku-8759; kwathi amacala anesihluku esivamileyo, wona akhula esuka ku-22285 aya ku-22842. Ngaphezu kwalokho, sekube nezigameko ezingamashumi amane (40) ukusukela ku-Meyi 2016 kuya ku-Agasti 2018.

Ukubuka lesisimo ngeso loKholo: Uma sibhekisisa lezizibalo ezethusayo ngomqondo nje owodwana woKholo, othiwa yilukuluku nesifiso sabantu ukuziphindiselela, kuyasikhanyela ngokusobala ukuthi ukuvumela ukuchuma kwalokhu kuyokwandisa izinkinga. Kanti imfundiso yokuxolelana, ukuthula, nokubuyisana nokuphokophelela njalo ukwenzela isintu okuhle, kusinikeza ithemba lokuthi ukuthula okwesekeleke esimweni sezomnotho esisabalalisa amathuba ngokulinganyo kubobonke, ukunakekelana nokuhlomulisana, yizona zinto eziyokhulisa isithunzi sobuntu kubobonke.

Inhlabamkhosi YokuSukuma Senze:

Genesise 4:9-10 “Wayesethi uSimakade kuKayini: Uphi umfowenu uAbela na? Wathi: Angazi; ngingumlindi womfowethu na? UNkulunkulu wathi: Wenzeni na? Izwi legazi lomfowenu liyakhala kimi lisemhlabathini”.

  • IsiGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal sinxusa bonke abashumayelayo ukuba basabalalise umyalezo wokuthula, ithemba, isimo esizinzileyo, umoya wobuntu nokuhlonishwa kwempilo yesintu.
  • Kufanele ukuba sinxuse ukuba kwande ukuphathana ngobumnene nesihawu, nokuthethelelana, njengalokho noNkulunkulu wanithethelela ngoKristu (Kwabase-Efesu 4:32).
  • Sinxusa onke amalungu amaBandla kaKristu ukuba akukhuthalele ukubikela amaphoyisa ngezigameko zobugebengu kanye nalokho okusolisayo ukuthi kungase kugcine sekunomphumela wendluzula ezindaweni esihlala kuzo.
  • Sidinga ukukhuleka singaphezi; sikhulekela ubulungiswa nokuthula, ikakhulu ngaphambili nangasemumva kwesikhathi sokhetho luka-2019, sikhuleke sinxuse ukuba lube ngolukhululekileyo, nolungasolisi, nolunokuthula kuzo zonke izigceme zemiphakathi yakithi.

Isiphetho: LeNcwadi Yokwelusa ingumzamo wethu ukuqwashisa abantu ukuthi izehlakalo zendluzula emphakathini wakithi sezifinyelele ezingeni elingenakubekezeleleka. Nokho, ukuhlangabezana kwethu nesimo sayo akufanele kube yizenzo eziqhutshwa yilukulu lokuzama ukudala ubulungiswa ngempindiselo; kepha kufanele ngasosonke isikhathi kube yizenzo ezikhuthaza ukwabiwa kwamathuba ezomnotho ngokulinganayo.

Okungaxhunyanwa Nabo:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031-310 3500| the
  1. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|
  2. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035|
  3. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|
  4. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078 429 0774|

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

  • Premier’s Hotline: 0800 596 596
  • Presidential Hotline: 17737

KZNCLG Secretariat: |KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC): 50 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201. 033-345 4819|

Incwadi Yokwelusa ngoKhetho lukaZwelonke noLwesiFundazwe Ngo-2019


Incwadi Yokwelusa ngoKhetho lukaZwelonke noLwesiFundazwe Ngo-2019

31 October 2018

1 KuThimothewu 2:1-4

“Ngakho-ke kuqala kukho konke ngiyala ukuba ukunxusa, nokukhuleka, nokucela, nokubonga kwenzelwe abantu bonke, 2. amakhosi nabo bonke abakhulu, ukuze sihlale kahle nangokuthula, ngokumesaba uNkulunkulu nangesizotha esipheleleyo. 3. Lokhu kuhle, kuyabongeka emehlweni kaNkulunkulu uMsindisi wethu, 4. othanda ukuba abantu bonke bafinyelele ekulazini iqiniso”.

Ukubingelela nesiNgeniso: IsiGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal (KZNCLG) kanye nombuthano wonkana wamaBandla kaKristu nezinhlangano ezisebenza ngokubambisana, sibingelela wonke amalungu amaBandla kanye nabantu bonkana abakhele isiFundazwe saKwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Sinilobela leNcwadi Yokwelusa ukuze silungiselele ukhetho oluzayo lukazwelonke nolwezifundazwe eNingizimu Afrika, ikakhulukazi lapha esiFundazweni sethu sase-KZN. Sikwenza lokhu ngenxa yokukuqonda ukuthi ukuba yisakhamuzi esihle kumbandakanya ukuba leso naleso sakhamuzi sibambe iqhaza okhethweni, okuthi kusimo esinjengesethu lapha eNingizimu Afrika, esiqhutshwa ngenkambiso elawulwa ngumthethosisekelo. Lokhu sikwenza ngenxa yalezizimo ezilandelayo:

Isimo esibhekene naso: Uma singakusonga ngezwi elilodwa lokho esibhekene nakho singathi isimo esikuso sekuyileso esilawulwa “yindluzula”. Sikhathazeke kakhulu ngenxa yokudlondlobala kokubulalana okubukeka kunomthelela wezizathu zezombusazwe ikakhulukazi, lapha eKZN; isiFundazwe esisithandazelayo sikanye nezwe lonke laseNingizimu Afrika, ukuba amazinga obugebengu anciphe noma aphele nya. Nakuba kunjalo, siyabona ukuthi baningi abantu abanentando enhle abazimisele ukuba izwe lakithi lithathe igxathu eliya phambili esimweni esinokuthula nenhlalakahle. Ngakho-ke, sinxusa ukuba yilowo nalowo kini azimisele ukwenza into eyodwa enhle, okungukusukuma phansi niyovotela abantu abanentando enhle ngesikhathi sokhetho.

Akungabikho ukuDembesela ukuVota: Ukudembesela ukuvota kungumuzwa wokuba umuntu athi akunamsebenzi walutho ukuvota. Siyakuqonda ukuthi zikhona nokho izimo okuphethwe ngazo izwe lakithi esezenza abantu baphelelwe ngumdlandla. Noma kunjalo, thina zakhamizi sinamandla okuba ngevoti lethu siguqule izimo ezinganambithekiyo zokubuswa kwezwe. Ngakho-ke; Sebenzisa iVoti lakho. Ungadembeseli!

UkuVuna: UkuVuna yigama elisetshenziswa yiKhomishane eziMeleyo YoKhetho (IEC) ukuqhuba umkhankaso wokuqoqa amakheli aqondileyo abo bonke abantu asebeselungelweni lokuvota. Ngakho-ke, nawe siyakunxusa ukuba usukume phansi uyobhalisela ukuvota kusenesikhathi noma ngabe uhlala ezindaweni zasemakhaya ezikude nezizinda ezithuthukileyo zaseNingizimu Afrika.

Indluzula Ngesikhathi soKhetho: Ngenxa yokuqonda ukuthi njalo nxashane siyovota sekuvame umkhuba omubi wokubulawa kwabantu, kungalokho-ke sinxusa ukuba thina sonke njengomphakathi, ikakhulukazi, amaqembu ezombusazwe, ukuba azibophezele ukulawula nokukhuza amalungu awo, nokuba nathi sifunde ukuzibamba ukuze singalawulwa yimizwa yentukuthelo; – kepha sikhombise ukuvuthwa nokwephusa kwemiqondo ukuze sikwazi ukwamukela lokho okungahambisani nathi nokwehlukahlukana kwethu ngemibono.

Ukulamula nokuXazululwa KokuNgqubuzana: Thina siyisiGungu sabaHoli BamaBandla (CLG) kanye nezinhlangano zamaBandla ezisebenzela ukuchumisa ubunye nokubambisana, sizimisele ukusiza ngokulamula nokuxazulula izinkinga ezingadalwa ukungaboni ngasolinye kanye nokungqubuzana  uma simenywa yinoma ngubani onesidingo salokhu.

Inhlabamkhosi YoMkhuleko: Sinxusa bonke abantu base-KZN ukuba bakuthandazele ukuba kuhlonishwe ukusebenza koMthethosisekelo Wezwe kanye nomthetho. Khulekelani ukuthula nenhlalakahle. Khulekelani ukuphepha nokuvikeleka kwazo zonke izakhamizi. Khulekelani ukhetho olukhululekileyo noluqhutshwa ngendlela eyemukelekayo. Bese-ke nimbonga uNkulunkulu ophendula imikhuleko yethu.

Isiphetho: NgaleNcwadi Yokwelusa sikhuthaza zonke izakhamizi esezifinyelele ebangeni naselungelweni lokuvota ukuba zibhalisele ukuvota ukuze zikwazi ukubamba iqhaza okhethweni lwango-2019. Ningakuvumeli ukudembesela. Khulekelani ubulungiswa kanye nokuthula!

Izinombolo Zokuxhumana Ezingaba Lusizo

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031- 310 3500| Ms. Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala
  1. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209| Rev Simphiwe Mankqokontsi|
  2. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035|+27(35) 474 105. Mr. Mxolisi
  3. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|Rev Milton Cele:
  4. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078 429 0774|Rev Sonto Thusi:
  5. Premier’s Hotline: 0800 596 596
  6. Presidential Hotline: 17737
  7. SAPS: 08600 10111
  8. Provincial Commissioners Office: (031) 325 4825


CLG Secretariat: KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC): 50 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201|033-345 4819; Fax No. 033-394 9965|


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|
  2. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|
  3. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| +27 (35) 474 1058; |
  4. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|
  5. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078429 0774|

– 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|

For more details contact: Rev Siyabulela Gidi 072 97777 07|

A Pastoral Letter On Violence In The Province

A Pastoral letter from CLG on violence in the Province



31 October 2018

Romans 12:17-19 New International Version (NIV):Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone….” says the Lord.

Introduction and Greetings: We, the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG) and the ecumenical movement of KwaZulu-Natal greet the people of the province. Through this pastoral letter we want to draw your attention to how the violence we are experiencing has reached a totally unacceptable level. We need to pray earnestly that God’s Holy Spirit may help us to make our province more peaceful.

Vengeance or Distributive Justice: Our province finds itself once again in a position of absolute vulnerability, pain and hurt as a result of the murders and violence that are becoming ever more prevalent in South Africa and especially in this province. In responding to this violence, the justice of God favours mercy and grace rather than punishment and revenge. Let us therefore pursue the things which are good in KZN and then our communities will be healed.

Statistical Context: The police statistics for 2017/18 indicate that murders in KZN have increased from 4014 to 4382, sexual offences from 8484 to 8759, common assaults, from 22285, to 22842. In addition there were approximately 40 politically aligned killings within the period May 2016 to August 2018.

A Theological Reflection: Reflecting on these alarming statistics from only one theological point of view, namely the theology of retribution, will only exacerbate the problem. By contrast the doctrines of forgiveness, peace, reconciliation and the pursuit of the common good for all humanity give us hope that peace based on economic justice, caring and sharing is the way to enhance human dignity for all.

A clarion call for action:

Genesis 4:9-10 (NKJV)

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”10 And God said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground”

  • The KZNCLG urges preachers to spread the message of peace, hope, stability, ubuntu and respect for human life.
  • We should call for kindness and compassion towards one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us (Eph. 4: 32).
  • We should also call on our congregants and members to report to the police cases of crime and suspicious acts that may lead to violence in our vicinities.
  • Ceaseless prayers for justice and peace are needed, especially in the pre- and post-election period in 2019, that the elections may be free, fair and peaceful in all our communities.

Conclusion: This pastoral letter has attempted to alert people that the violence we are experiencing has reached unacceptable levels. However our response to this violence must not be one of vengeance and retributive justice but earnestly seeking economic and distributive justice

Helpful Contacts:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031 310 3500|
  2. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|
  3. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| +27 (35) 474 1058; |
  4. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|
  5. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078429 0774|

– The SAPS: 08600 10111||Email:

– Premier’s hot line: 0800 596 596

– Presidential hotline: 17737

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Voices from Soweto: Report About KOPANO Freedom for All



Over 100 activists from 11 African countries gathered in Soweto, South Africa, 28–30 September 2015, in a unique strategy space for groups that are working to advance and protect the human rights and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people.

Breaking away from dreary conference formats, the kopano was purposefully designed as a community gathering. It was defined by collaborative organizing, learning from each other, intense strategy debate, time for remembering those who have gone before us, and great moments to celebrate milestones that have been reached. In addition, high profile panelists helped to unpack the possibilities for alliance building with non-LGBTI groups and challenge participants to re-invent their approaches. Over 4 days of engagement, everyone’s voice counted.

We present this report about the inputs and outcomes of kopano FREEDOM FOR ALL in the same spirit – not as a scripted narrative but in the form of a collection of voices of the participants themselves. Click here to view real time recordings of the plenary discussions and summaries of the outcomes of this historic gathering.

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TT1087/2013 / Hugo CANHAM [South Africa] | Miguel DE BRITO [Mozambique] | Isabella MATAMBANADZO [Zimbabwe]
Alice MOGWE [
Botswana] | Xhanti PAYI [South Africa] | Shaun SAMUELS [South Africa]
Patricia WATSON [
South Africa] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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Sixteen Days of Activism Against Violence on Women and Children

Sixteen Days of Activism Against Violence on Women and Children:

“Commit. Act. Demand: We CAN End Violence Against Women” A Pastoral Letter


During these days of the 16 days campaign against violence on women and children the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) brings you greetings. The political and traditional leaders of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the Ecumenical Movement in KZN, the churches and communities, let us “Commit .Act. Demand: We CAN End Violence Against Women”. This in the international theme of the 16 Days Campaign. Let us join international communities to seek to end violence against women and children

What is the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign?

“The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre” (

Callousness of Some Men, Stigma and Discrimination

The scourge of HIV and the callousness of some men pose a challenge together with stigma and discrimination in the context we are facing. One of the major challenges which demand the attention of all concerned is that of stigma and discrimination.

“Stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and mis-action (SSDDIM) are six related evils that continue to either frustrate or slow down our HIV&AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, and impact mitigation efforts” (Gideon). Seemingly, it is women who feel the shame and isolation of blame and stigmatisation. Insufficient action on the side of communities does not help purge the pain of SSDDIM.

Active participation and involvement of men such as ministers or pastors, elders,

deacons, traditional leaders, political leaders, fathers, brothers and boys is long over due. If men can lead by example, by caring for the sick, caring for women and the girl child, perhaps a transformed and fairly equal society may emerge sooner than expected. The ‘Good Samaritan’ in the Bible (Lk. 10: 25 – 37) went out of his way to help and care for a wounded person. He transported him to a place of care. And he paid for his care – a person he did not know at all. Can’t we take and example?

What is the Purpose of 16 Days Campaign

“The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
    • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
    • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
    • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against” (

Some Encouraging Themes and Slogans in Relation to 16 Days, World Aids Day and International Human Rights Day

In very recent days we have heard some encouraging themes and slogans urging us to keep on going on in our campaign against violence on women and children in the context of World Aids Day and International Human Rights day which read: “Wherever you are, whenever you work, you can make a difference”; “I don’t suffer with HIV, I live with it”; Right to health; I am accepted; I am living my rights and I am getting treatment.

The world cannot be complacent in tackling the issues of violence against women, HIV and AIDS and universal human rights. It has become much more compelling that the governments of the world, pharmaceutical companies, the health sector, religious communities and the business sector join hands more, partner and have a united effort to commit themselves to end violence against women, the scourge of HIV, abuse of human rights and seek to achieve the ideals of the millennium goals.

Call to Act, Pray and Preach

We call and encourage all actors to take their rightful position in the fight against violence against women and children, the challenges of HIV and AIDS and demand human rights for all. The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) is committed to concrete social action to engage the issues of violence, HIV and human rights all the time and all the way.

May this year’s campaign develop into a year long campaign especially as we prepare for the World Cup in 2010. Let us ensure that women and children know their rights and feel safe in all the corners of South Africa.

Yours in Ecumenism Confession and prayer

Isaiah 5:8a,12a, 18a, 20-22; 10:1-2; 58,6-7

Ah, you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you…

Ah, you who rise early in the morning in pursuit of strong drink, who linger in the evening to be inflamed by wine. but who do not regard the deeds of the LORD, or see the work of his hands!

Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood, who drag sin along as with cart ropes.

Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light

for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes, and shrewd in your own sight!

Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant at mixing drink, who

acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of their rights!

Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn

aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right,

that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey!

Ah you! Ah you!

LORD’S PRAYER (Congregation divided in 2)

A: Our Father in Heaven B: Incarnated in all those who suffer A: Hallowed be your name

B: And all the names that you mysteriously reveal yourself in.

A: Your kingdom come

B: In our midst, secretly hidden

A: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

B: Make us tools of your good news to the poor!

A: Give us today our daily bread

B: May we never celebrate a single meal or Eucharist without remembering all those who do not have enough to eat.

A: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

B: Make us see and both structural and individual sin.

A: Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil

B: The force that threaten to destroy our world and your creation A: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours B: The power to challenge, transform and heal A/B: Now and forever. Amen.

(Lord’s prayer adapted by Rev Gyrid Gunnes, Norway)


Pastoral Statement On Zimbabwe World Day Of Action On Zimbabwe

Pastoral Statement On Zimbabwe World Day Of Action On Zimbabwe, 25 MAY 2008

The KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches and the entire ecumenical movement in KZN, joins the rest of the world in embarking on a series of actions that highlight the continued deterioration of the situation in Zimbabwe and expressing our continued solidarity with our neighbours.

In journeying with the people of Zimbabwe, we had hoped and prayed for the elections of 29 March 2008 to be the beginning of the end of corruption, abuse of power, violence, social, political and economic woes that have faced this once great nation. Our hearts are heavy laden because this has not been so. Rather, we have seen a sharp rise in politically motivated violence directed at those who are perceived to have voted against President Mugabe and his ZANU PF. Homes have been burnt down, granaries and food have been destroyed. Women have been raped. Children are denied education. Some schools have closed down and teachers have fled from schools in fear of violence. Some people are beaten stopped from attending worship services. The sick and wounded have no access to hospitals. Some hospitals, including church mission hospitals, have closed down.

This is not the will of God. If anything, those who hold power in Zimbabwe have decided to go against God. Their actions show beyond doubt that they have no concerns for the Kingdom of God where people aspire to be peace makers, where the kingdom is opened to those who mourn, and to those who are poor. The actions of those in power exhibit the marks of the anti-Christ. As a Church, called to proclaim good news and to lead people into the Kingdom that Christ ushered, we rebuke the heartlessness of the perpetrators of this violence, and call upon the members of ZANU PF and President Mugabe and his government to repent.

We are concerned also about the lack of honesty and integrity that our own South African government has shown in the aftermath of the elections. We urge them to be at the forefront of truth telling about Zimbabwe to the world and to the Zimbabweans. The truth will set us free, both us and the Zimbabweans.

To the people of Zimbabwe, we join with you in the call for an immediate end to violence; for the creation of an environment conducive to a free and fair rerun of the presidential elections on 27 June; for the presence of local and international peace and election monitors. We assure you of our prayers and solidarity all the way through this nightmare.

May Justice and Peace prevail!

Rev Phumzile Zondi-Mabizela Chief Executive Officer

Proposed Prayer

Dear God, our creator, guide and protector,

We come to you in prayer and with hearts full of gratitude for the beautiful country and people of Zimbabwe.

We are mindful, however, of the difficult political situation they are facing.

We pray that you will demonstrate your presence in Zimbabwe.

Give new strength and courage to the people so that they may face the challenges of a difficult situation. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a might stream.

We pray that you will remove the hearts of stone from the leaders, so that they may be freed from their

own fears, hunger for power and control.

We pray for peace and political stability in Zimbabwe.

We pray that international leaders intervene and ensure speedy solution to the crisis in Zimbabwe.

Lord, the people of Zimbabwe are desperate for change, for good governance and for better life. We pray that the South African Government offer more practical solutions than quiet diplomacy. We pray that South Africans treat their African brothers and sisters as fellow humans.

We pray for good leadership, justice, peace and order and security in Zimbabwe.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Pastoral Letter on World Aids Day 2010

29 November 2010

Member Churches and the Ecumenical Movement in KZN Greetings

During this day of the celebration of World Aids Day, KZNCC is addressing the issues of HIV and AIDS under the global theme of ‘Universal Access and Human Rights and the national theme which says: ‘We are Responsible’. These themes re-emphasize the fact that HIV and AIDS are also issues of human rights for which all of us are responsible to strive for.

KZNCC has produced and is providing a SAVE prevention poster for use during the activities of World Aids Day and beyond. You are encouraged to use the poster as far and wide as possible. Remember those who have lost their lives and those who have continued to provide care and support.

Yours in the Ecumenical Movement in KZN

Rev P Zondi-Mabizela

Chief Executive Officer: KZNCC