LIMPOPO – “As provincial government, we acknowledge interfaith religions and we are ready to work with you. They have to pray for the smooth running of the government and fight at all cost to end gender-based violence,” said Makamu.
Makamu was joined by some councillors of the Vhembe District Municipality, President of the South African Religious Forum, Bishop Salvason Govender, and pastors from various denominations. He spoke on Saturday at the former Thohoyandou Parliamentary Chambers and launched the South African Religious Forum’s Limpopo Chapter.
SARF is a non-profit organisation and umbrella body which affiliates to CoGHSTA, which seeks the alliance of all religious sectors and work in one voice.
Govender said they need to unite as religious sectors and fight gender-based violence together.
“We have social ills such as crime, poverty and domestic violence in our communities and this needs the intervention of spiritual care. We hope we can help to resolve some of the problems the country encounters with prayer,” said Govender.
According to him, the right to freedom of religion demands of the forum to accept the religious beliefs a person chooses and allow the person the right to announce these religious beliefs publicly, without fear and prejudice.
He said his forum is the fastest growing religious, cultural, traditional, civil society forum in South Africa and through their diversity and unity, they have been successfully established themselves in nine provinces, hence the Limpopo Chapter was launched.
The newly-elected chairperson of the forum’s Limpopo chapter, Prophet Ntshavheni Goma, said he was ready to make a success of the chapter as soon as he assumes his duties.
He said we have to build the district structures in our five regions of the province so that we can function well.
Source: Capricorn Review