KZN churches host Inter-faith symposium in Vryheid to combat social ills

The MEC for Education in KZN, Mthandeni Dlungwane, was among the honoured guests at the event.

AbaQulusi was proud to host the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Interfaith Symposium, which brought together various faiths.

The event, which was held on both April 24 and 25, brought together different church denominations from all around KZN under the theme: ‘Working together as different faiths for social cohesion and moral regeneration in the KwaZulu Natal province’.

On April 25, the various church denominations took part in an Interfaith Walk against drug abuse and other social ills and promoted the eradication of homelessness, poverty and the lack of care for people living with albinism.

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Once back at Cecil Emmett Hall, Interfaith sector members were welcomed warmly by AbaQulusi’s Councillor, Martin Mtshali.

“We are proud to be the first to host such a symposium,” the Mayor told visitors.

The main topics that were discussed during the symposium was the wide spread of social ills within South Africa and what the church could do to lend a hand towards mending what seems to be a broken society.

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Speaking to those present at the event, the legislature’s speaker Hon. Lydia Johnson said that the country was facing great difficulties with young people rebelling and burning important structures and buildings due to frustrations.

“We are currently fighting against issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our country. We encourage the church to preach a message that will build and strengthen our communities,” said Ms Johnson.

With Statistics South Africa showing that crime and drug abuse are still on the rise, KZN’s church denominations discussed how they could intervene and help alleviate the effect these issues have on the growth of society.

Being a mechanism to encourage the involvement of the people, particularly those of faith in the legislative processes, the Interfaith Symposium takes the form of a discussion in which various religious groupings air their views and make a contribution to the law-making processes of the Legislature.

Church denominations discussed their resolution proposals and agreed that they would do their best to becoming more involved in helping fight crime and drug abuse, as churches in their communities, instead of turning a blind eye.

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Sine Thwala

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