01 July 2016, Diakonia Council of Churches, Durban
We, the organisations of civil society, faith based organisations, social movements and affiliated members to the KZN Civil Society Coalition led by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) and Democratic Development Programme (DDP) announce the launch of the 2016 Local Government Election Observer Mission.
Our interventions will focus on the following areas:
1). Pre-election violence monitoring
2). Election observation
We further recognize the importance of these elections and are committed to ensuring free and fair election in the province of KZN.
Community Law and Rural Development Centre (CLRD)
Democracy Development Programme (DDP)
Diakonia Council of Churches (DCofC)
Justice and Peace Marrianhill
Kwa-Zulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC)
Kwa-Zulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)
Kwa-Zulu Natal Civil Society Coalition (KZNCSOC)
KZN Community Based Organisations Coalition (COMBOCO)
Mennonite Central Committee (South Africa Office)
Midlands Christian Council (MCC)
Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC)
Tugela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC)
UNITED CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA SYNOD
PRAYER FOR THE NATION AND MARKING THE START OF A CHURCHES CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATION TO UPHOLD VALUES FORMER PRESIDENT STOOD FOR (Concept Note)
Mandela Day Prayer
DATE: July 18, 2013 (THURSDAY) VENUE: Howick Mandela Capture Site/Museum
KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council
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PURPOSE OF MANDELA DAY PRAYER 18 JULY
South Africa finds itself today facing an uncertain future. The revered international icon and founder of the nation, former President Nelson Mandela is in his last days. His example of tolerance and respect for human dignity captured the attention of many far and wide.
His emphasis on freedom, justice and equality for all of humanity, made him an international role model and landed him the Nobel Peace Prize. Voluntarily relinquishing state power after only one term won him many friends. The virtue of compassion that he espoused, won him many hearts and minds.
And now the nation is on suspense as he is in his final moments of a great life lived in pursuit of justice. We pray that this suspense and anxiety is well managed without plunging the nation into uncertainty.
This is also at a time when the life affirming values, ethics, norms and principles that he stood for seem to have been totally forgotten by many, especially those in positions of leadership. The rampant corruption, spiraling bad governance, self-enrichment by government officials and the greed of multinational corporationsis serious cause for concern. The increasing economic gap between the rich and the poor, the widespread and increased violence and rape of women and children in our communities, is exploding the myth that we are indeed free.
Does this place South Africa at a crossroads? The challenge is how do we instill and priorities those values and principles which Mandela stood for, in this climate of gloom, uncertainty and restlessness?
It is against this background that we propose a Mandela Day prayer service on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as self-examination of our part as people of faith to remind ourselves to adopt those principles that he lived by and stood for, and pray for the nation to rediscover those values of the father of the nation.
Church leaders, church members, interfaith community
Schools (public & private)
PROPOSED VENUE: HOWICK MANDELA CAPTURE SITE/MUSEUM PORPOSED DATES: JULY 18, 2013 PORPOSED TIME: 10:00AM-13:00
DRAFT PROGRAM – 18 JULY 2013 Focus on “prayer for the father of the nation”
|MASTER OF CEREMONY – The Rev ThulaniNdlazi
Supported and organized in consultation with:
Roman Catholic Church
Diakonia Council of Churches
KwaZulu Regional Christian Council
Midlands Christian Council
Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Regional Christian Council
KZN office of the Premier
World Conference on Religions for Peace KZN Interfaith Religious Council.
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – First week of July. Some participants showing extreme emotional distress.
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – Second week of July (Rev Danny Chetty (right) Rev Simpiwe Manqokontsi (in black suit), Dr Douglas Dziva (in red shirt), Dr Lucas Ngoetjana (looking at the sculpture) and 30 participants from neighbouring congregations.
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF KWAZULU-NATAL FOLLOWING A MEETING WITH PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HELD AT THE _________________________ CITY HALL ON THE 09 JULY 2013________________________________
We, the leaders of different faiths based organisations, following a meeting with the leadership of the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal led by the Premier Dr ZweliMkhize have decided to issue this statement with an aim of mobilizing the people of KwaZulu-Natal and leaders of all faiths to join hands and pray for our former President Nelson Mandela, for the family and for the nation.
Although we are aware of his critical condition, we pray that he is at peace, the family at peace and the whole nation at peace.The resilience throughout his stay in hospital once again demonstrates his perseverance in the face of adversity – a remarkable trait of Madiba’s extraordinary life.
We have fond memories as the people of KwaZulu-Natal of Tata Madiba as he exercised his first democratic vote in Inanda, here in our Province, and reported to the fallen fathers of our liberation that their people were free at last.
Before his long incarceration, he spent the last days of his freedom here in this Province. The Capture Site in Howick will forever stand as a monument in memory of a man whose commitment to the emancipation of his people mobilized all of humanity to rise up against a crime against humanity itself – apartheid.
Despite his critical condition, we stand up today to salute a man who strode with grace and elegance among the great statesmen of our time and commanded an exalted place for us people in the community of nations.
We respectfully bow our heads in honour of a leader who was among us in KwaZulu- Natal during the darkest days of political violence, and persuaded the people of this province to throw pangas, guns and knobkierries into the sea and find each other in peace as brothers and sisters despite conflicting political inclinations.
During his years as a leader after his long period of imprisonment Madiba became a shining beacon of hope for not only the downtrodden of the world, but also a living symbol of the triumph of the human spirit against adversity. Tata Madiba deservedly won the Nobel Peace Prize and went on to lead South Africa as the country’s first truly democratically-elected President with dignity, honesty and integrity.
The world will always cherish the spirit of forgiveness Madiba awakened when he assured his former persecutors that South Africa indeed belonged to all who live in it, and that everyone could be assured of their right to freedom and security within the borders of this beautiful land. As he grew in stature from prisoner number 466/64 to President of the Republic, he became a father figure for not only his immediate and extended family, but also for all South Africans and indeed the whole world. During the past few years the world has watched with growing concern and bated breath as our icon’s life has became increasingly frail and illness has taken its toll on this previously robust fighter.
It is for these reasons that as religious leaders, working with the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal, we are putting together a series of prayers and activities in honour of Tata Nelson Mandela. The prayers will lead up to the main Mandela Prayer Service Day at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on the 18th July at 10h00.
Importantly, the weekly prayers are aimed at celebrating his legacy and his values.In very trying times of affliction and threat of national moral fiber disintegration – where the values, ethics and principles are compromised – a call for prayer gives hope of healing and continued efforts for moral regeneration, RDP of the soul, reconciliation, peace, justice and a spirit of social cohesion.
- Mandela stands for forgiveness and reconciliation. It is imperative to accept one another and seek to continue to be at peace with ourselves and the nation.
- Mandela stands for reconciliation and peace for all;
- Mandela stands for the rule of law;
- Mandela stands for liberation of all people in South Africa black and white, men and women;
- Mandela stands for human dignity, human freedom (speech, association, movement, expression and choice) and human development;
- Mandela stands for transparency, accountability, integrity and respect among the peoples;
As religious institutions we are leading a call for provincial prayers inspired by the values and principles which former President Nelson Mandela has held up with integrity. We ask churches, temples, synagogues and mosques in KwaZulu Natal to:
- pray for President Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela while cherishing and emulating the values and principles he so steadfastly and passionately stands for.
- pray for and act in accordance to transparency, accountability principles and the rule of law as espoused by our wonderful constitution;
- Pray for and act in ways that deepen democracy and freedom for all at all levels, structures and systems of our society;
- Pray and act in ways that promote racial reconciliation and social cohesion;
- Pray for and remind and urge each other to achieve the principles stipulated in the Freedom Charter.
We request your religious group to make special prayers each of the coming 4 weekends. For each of the coming 4 weekends could you please pray thanking God for the life of Mandela, especially the following values he stands for:
- (1) Justice,
- (2) reconciliation,
- (3) Compassion and
- (4) Healing.
We also ask that in each of the coming 4 weekends you spend 67 minutes reaching out to someone to exercise; week 1-justice, Week 2 -reconciliation, Week 3 -compassion and Week 4 -healing. Details of other activities will be announced through the media.
Finally, as religious leaders we commend the Presidency for keeping the nation well
informed about the condition of Tata Mandela.
Issued by Religious Leaders from the following religious organizations:-
- Anglican Church
- Lutheran Church
- Methodist Church
- Roman Catholic Church
- United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
- Diakonia Council of Churches
- KwaZulu Regional Christian Council
- Midlands Christian Council
- Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Regional Christian Council
- Presbyterian Church
- KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
- KwaZulu-Natal Inter-Religious Council
- KwaZulu-Natal Inter-Religious Youth Council 16. World Conference on Religions for Peace
Enquires- Bishop Mike Vorster -072 4773618 or Cardinal Wilfred Napier -083 6175213
|KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – third week of July|
|KZNCC FYayers for Former President Melson Mandela -third week of July|
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela -third week of July
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – third week of July
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – Fouth week of July. Rev Victus Mthembu leads the prayer service at the Mandela Capture site.
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela – Fouth week of July. Rev Victus Mthembu leads the prayer service at the Mandela Capture site. Tapiwa Buckenham Dziva, Rev Gora and participants from KwaPata churches participate in the prayers.
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela 18th of July- Mandela. KZNCC staff Dr Douglas Dziva, Jabu Sibeko, Bongi Khoza, Dr Lukas Ngoetjana, Sinqobile Ndlovu, Ms Gugu Zondi (from the KZN Premier’s Office), Rev Victus Simpiwe Mnqokontsi and Mr Sbu Duma(KZNCC youth desk) at the Mandela Capture site.
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela 18th of July- Mandela. Dr Simanga Khumalo (member of KZNCC and lecture at the Universitu of KwaZulu Natal School of Theology) leading special prayers for former President Nelson Mandela, the family and the nation (see full prayer below),
WCRP UNIVERSAL PRAYER FOR PEACE
Read to the gathering by youth during the Dr Nelson mandela Day
18 July 2013
At the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, Pietermaritzburg.
In the name of Almighty God, The Most Gracious, The Most Kind
We, the people come in prayer to the Source of all Justice, Truth and Peace on behalf of our cities, our Nation, our World.
We ask you: Help us to accept the challenge of AIDS.
To protect the healthy and calm the fearful,
To give courage to those in pain,
To embrace the dying and comfort the bereaved,
To care for the orphans and support all those in need,
Unite us in your love and free us from fear.
Make us instruments of your Peace Where there is ignorant and superstition,
Let there be enlightment and knowledge,
Where there is prejudice and hatred,
Let there be acceptance and love Where there is fear and suspicion Let there be confidence and trust Where there is tyranny and oppression Let there be freedom and justice Where there is poverty and disease Let there be prosperity and health Where there is strife and discord Let there be harmony and peace
Our world is sustained by 3 things: Justice, Truth and Peace
May we by our thoughts, works and deeds hasten the time when wrong and violence shall cease
That there may be Justice in the land, Truth amongst all it’s people and Peace established throughout the earth
May Peace Prevail on Earth! Amen
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela 18th of July- Mandela led by youth from KZNCC and Inanda Serminary
KZNCC Prayers for Former President Nelson Mandela 18th of July- Mandela. KZN Premier Hon Dr Zweli Mkhize addressing the 1500 congregation.
PRAYING FOR NELSON MANDELA AS A SITE OF STRUGGLE: To let go or not to let go of him
Special Prayer for Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday
Dr Rev SimangaKumalo
Oh God of our forbearers, God of Nelson Mandela and all the peoples of Africa.
We come to you this morning to celebrate the 95th birthday of our father Nelson Mandela. We thank you that you have enabled him to reach this milestone age.
We thank you Lord that 95 years ago when you created him you chose that he be an African
In your wisdom you chose that he be born in Africa, in South Africa to be exact. On the rural hills and valleys of the Eastern Cape. We are mindful of the fact that he could have been born somewhere else in the world, may be North American, Europe, or any other continent. But you
decided that he be an African. As a result he gave dignity to the continent of Africa. However we are aware Lord that he is a much bigger gift than to be confined in this country. He is a gift to the continent and also to all the people of goodwill throughout the globe.
Lord at this moment we pray for Madiba’s family during this difficult time. We can imagine the kind of stress they are going through, trying to manage their affairs to hold the family together and uplift the legacy of this great figure. What a difficult call for these poor mortals. We know this is not an easy call. We pray for his daughter Makaziwe Mandela (the matriarch of the family) and his grandson Chief Mandla Mandela. As they seek to lead the family to prepare for the resting place of our father guide them. Help them to find that position of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and common understanding. We pray that they may be able to walk together in this difficult journey and bring the family together.
God we thank you for GracaMachel, his wife and the mother of our nation. She has been a gift to our father and we are grateful for the way in which she has been holding vigil next to his sick bed for the past 4-5 weeks. She has done this with integrity and dignity. We appreciate the moments she has taken to inform us of Madiba’s condition. She has given us hope. Lord we also pray for mamaWinnie Mandela and her part of the family. Give her strength to play her part in guiding both the family and the nation during this difficult time.
Lord we have also heard from the news this morning that Madiba is making steady progress in his recovery, even though he remains in a critical condition. We welcome and celebrate that news. However we cannot help but wonder how long, how long will he hang in there? These are the difficult questions that we feel uncomfortable to ask. We wonder how long will he be holding up?
We wonder when the inevitable will happen as it will. We thank you Lord for religion, because it gives us answers to the difficult questions of life, existence and death. At this moment we would like to ask you to help the religious leaders of this nation to help the nation as it deals with these questions that are difficult to answer. May our religious leaders not shy away from these questions by giving us easy answers that are devoid of the truth? May they shepherd the nation to face reality, no matter how difficult it may be.
Religion has taught us that death is not the end of life, but rather the beginning of new life in another realm. Both Christianity and our African religion have taught us about the afterlife, which enables one to exist without being limited by space and time. We drink from these wells, with the hope that when our father exits this world he will in another life, through which he will be with us in another form and continue to guide our nation to its destiny, where all our dreams as a nation and a people will become a reality. The dreams that all may have life in its fullness, where the frontiers of poverty, oppression, corruption and lack of democracy will be pushed.Where freedom and human dignity shall reign.
We are comforted by knowing that he will not be alone in that realm of our ancestors. He will join that great crowd of the pioneers and ancestors of Pan Africanism e.g. Kwameh Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, SamoraMachel, PixleykaIsakaSeme, Marcus Garvey, Charlotte Maxeke, King Sobhuza 11, King Moshoeshoe, Queen Modjadji, SeretseKhama, and John LangalibaleleDube. Therefore it is with tears of joy and victory that we come to pray this morning, shouting at the top of our voices saying:
God Bless Nelson Mandela
God Bless Africa NkosiSikeleli Africa May the people of God Say: AMEN.
Prayer is by Dr R SimangalisoKumalo, 18 July 2013, Mandela Capture Site Howick Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
REFLECTIONS ON HIS PRAYER FOR FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA, HIS FAMILY AND FOR THE NATION
I have just arrived in my office from taking part in a big Mandela Prayer meeting at the Mandela capture site in Howick Pietermaritzburg. We had close to a thousand people. The event has been organized by the Premier’s Office, the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council and other community organizations. It is not surprising that we had the premier, and other provincial leaders. I had been requested to do a special prayer for Madiba who is still in hospital and for his family. What huge and an intimidating responsibility. What does one say when praying for Mandela, such a great figure in our land or even on earth? The prayers that have been offered for him in the past months by the nation are that he must get well and go back home. Very few people have been brave enough to pray for him to go and rest in the bosom of his forbearers or God depending on one’s religious orientation. There are a few reasons for this and I would like to share those with you.
In African culture (southern Africa) you don’t pray for death to come, but rather you pray for healing. I have been amazed at the way people have been praying for Mandela. They have been offering very mixed prayers. Some pray for him to get better and go home. They even mention that they want him to leave many more years. Is that realistic? This sounds selfish to me. Of course it would be good for our Madiba to live long with us, but then he must be in good health and be able to enjoy life and the fruits of his labour. Must he continue to live even when he is not able to enjoy life because of his serious health condition? Is that what we want and is that what he would like? In some African cultures e.g. Zulu and Swazi, when an old person becomes maternally sick and does not get better, the family perform rituals to ask the ancestors and God to realise him/her, so that he/she may die peacefully and live a better and healthier life in the afterlife. But because we have forgotten our culture, this has not been raised as an option, I do not know, the family might have discussed this, of course this is private family business. The good news in African culture is that even if he goes, death does not mean the end of a person, but rather they join the world of the ancestors so that they are able to continuing looking after the living and influence their affairs. He joins another realm of existence, which makes him more omnipresent.
Christians in this part of the world pray for healing and this context healing is understood in a narrow sense which is recovery from sickness, nothing else. This is because prayer is understood to be an act of protest against everything that denies life and promotes death. It is built on the understanding that God is for life, not for death and God is all powerful and can
heal at all diseases at all times. To pray for death is like giving up on the power of God to heal and cure. So even when it is obvious that life is no longer meaningful for a sick person people do not have the courage to pray for death as solution to sickness and pain. This is despite the fact that the Christian faith also teaches us about life after death-resurrection. When we are confronted with death, we turn to forget the importance of the theology of resurrection. We remember this theology once the person has died and we have to preach the funeral sermon or to officiate in the committal of the body to God. I do think that there is a need for a theology of life and death to be developed and taught to our people. This theology must remind us that death itself is inevitable and is another form of life in another realm, just as African culture teaches us.
I have also been hearing political prayers, which call for Mandela’s recovery because we need him and we cannot go forward without him as a nation and country. The government and political leaders have also organized prayer meetings, calling for religious leaders to come and lead these prayers. Such prayers are motivated by the thinking that peace, stability and reconciliation in South Africa depend on Mandela’s presence and existence. A number of people believe that if Mandela goes there is a lot that will go wrong politically. Therefore they are holding on him not to go. To pray for him to go is also a dangerous thing to do for people will misinterpret one’s prayer just to score political points. Therefore it is difficult to know what to do in this situation.
I hope that religious leaders may gather the courage to pray that the nation and the family can be able to release Mandela for as our African religion has taught us if he lives he is with us in a limited sense, confined by space, time and health conditions but if he goes he will be with us in a much more powerful way as an ancestor, who is not confined by these things. This was my prayer at the Mandela capture site. I can still say to pray for Mandela is indeed a site of struggle, do we let him go or we hold him back.