Crusading archbishop to speak in Pinetown

2011-11-08 00:00

ANGLICAN Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, whose recent fiery criticism of government has been seen as signalling a new and more militant role for the church in current affairs, will deliver the third annual Rubin Phillip Peace Lecture at St John’s Anglican Parish Church in Payne Street, Pinetown, on Friday.

The archbishop was one of the leaders of a protest outside Parliament to demand that the government allow the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa.

He also stirred controversy when, expanding upon the controversial call by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for a “white wealth tax”, he seemed to side with the ANC Youth League when he wrote: “As a person of faith, I believe restitution is, quite simply, ‘the right thing to do’.”

Makgoba also believes in restorative justice, saying: “At a practical, restorative level, perhaps the state, in partnership with business, should enact symbolic repentance.

“The state should hand over state land for communal purposes and business should assist the recipients of this land in addressing current lack of skills, socio-economic disparities and joblessness.

“Today holds a key for tomorrow, our future. Let us not repeat our past mistakes. Let us care for others as we would wish to be cared for ourselves”.

Makgoba is one of a number of leading academics and clerics who have put their names to a document hosted by the Restitution Foundation website, effectively calling for a new Codesa. The others are Emeritus Professor John de Gruchy of the University of Cape Town, Professor Julian Muller, deputy dean of theology at the University of Pretoria, and Dr Fanie du Toit, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation,

The Phillip Peace Lecture is staged annually in honour of the Bishop of Natal, Rubin Phillip, a stalwart in helping displaced people, victims of persecutions and detainees. — Arts Editor.

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