MEC praises church for com­mu­nity sup­port

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE MEC for Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs, No­musa Dube-Ncube, has called on churches to take up the fight against women and chil­dren abuse.

She ad­dressed con­gre­gants at the 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the Methodist Church of South­ern Africa’s YMG Em­pan­geni Cir­cuit 717, which was presided over by Bishop Linda Mandindi.

The cel­e­bra­tion was held at eSikhaleni and was at­tended, amongst oth­ers, by for­mer Pre­sid­ing Bishop of the Methodist Church of SA and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Coun­cil of Churches, Rev Mvumel­wano Dan­dala, City of uMh­lathuze Mayor Mdu Mh­longo and lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Dube-Ncube praised the ster­ling work the church has al­ready done to fight against the abuse of women and chil­dren and other so­cial ills.

‘Churches play a crit­i­cal role as a re­li­able part­ner in gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to cre­ate har­mony within our com­mu­ni­ties. The spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment they pro­vide helps in the fight against the demons of abuse plagu­ing our com­mu­ni­ties,’ she said.

‘As lead­ers we need your prayers as we ex­e­cute the will of our com­mu­ni­ties.’

Her visit to the parish was part of gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to strengthen ties with faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘The chal­lenges we face as a prov­ince are vast and re­quire a con­certed ef­fort across all sec­tors of so­ci­ety. As gov­ern­ment we will not be able to suc­ceed on our own,’ she said.

MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube, Rev­erend Ndan­dala, Rev­erend Sipho Nyem­bezi and uMh­lathuze Mayor Mduduzi Mh­longo at­tended the church ser­vice

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