Clergy condemns killing spree

2017-05-25 06:02
Methodist clergy on their way to the family home of the Williams’sPHOTOs:mava lukani

Methodist clergy on their way to the family home of the Williams’sPHOTOs:mava lukani

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The 188th Synod of the Cape of Good Hope of the Methodist Church has resolved to condemn the spate of senseless killings of girl children

Reverend Michel Hansrod said: “The rising spate of gruesome and senseless killings of children including toddlers in the historically Black communities calls for a collective action of all the people who stand for peace and justice in South Africa,”.

He was addressing members during the 188th Synod of the Cape Good Hope District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Rusthof.

Reverend Hansrod who is the Bishop of the Cape of Good Hope District of the Methodist Church adjourned the official sitting of the synod and led its clergy and lay members in a procession to the home of the 14 year old Rudy Williams who was recently killed near her home by the violence of gangsterism.

They put a cross and laid a wreath as symbols of hope to the bereaved Williams family and the entire Strand’s Rusthof community.

The driving of the cross and laying of the wreaths on the death site of girl William with her family in attendance was done by the district leaders of the structures of the church.

Hansrod emphasised that the cross symbolised the triumph of peace over the violence of the adversity of death and lightness over darkness in the end.

He urged members of the Methodist Church to join hands with other people in their communities to push back the frontiers of crime and Satanism that have put the historically marginalised and disadvantaged communities under siege of the senseless terror of violent criminality.

He also said the fast growing trend of the brutal deaths of girl children in the country and the Western Cape in particular, has reached alarming proportions and demanded a decisive response from the church of God.

Hansrod called upon all the members of the synod to rally behind the slogan that “every child is my child”.

“We can’t be idle and passive spectators when the children who are a gift and the future of this country die so brutally.

Let us add the voice of the church in saying enough is enough.”

Hansrod urged all members to be at the forefront in the war against this new trend of brutality.

The synod heard about the gruesome death of girl Williams and the deaths of other children, who died recently in the Cape Flats and in other communities.

These children include Khayelitsha’s four year old Iyakha Yamile who was raped, murdered and her body dumped in a municipal refuse bin at the beginning of May.

Iyakha’s gruesome death in Khayelitsha’s Town 2 section follows the brutal death of Ms Sinoxolo Mafevuka who was also raped first before she was brutally killed.

After hearing the news of the senseless death of Iyakha, the Methodist Church as part of its pastoral responsibility joined the Yamile family and with other social organisations provided spiritual and material support to the family until the body of Iyakha was buried in the Eastern Cape last Saturday.

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