Skosana ‘cross’ battles hardship

2016-03-31 06:00
 Skosana’ congregation also took the time to let residents in Khayelitsha know about their “buy black” campaign.

Skosana’ congregation also took the time to let residents in Khayelitsha know about their “buy black” campaign.

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Way of Life Church Pastor Xola Skosana has launched a consumer boycott against so-called “white” goods in Black areas.

Skosana, who has been accused of being behind student protests due to his “black theology” teachings, staged a march from uLuntu in Gugulethu to Mandela Park in Khayelitsha on Saturday morning.

The march was supported by the student movements #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall, church members and workers from the University of the Western Cape. EFF members also took part.

Skosana said the march was black people’s outcry against backyard dwellings, squatter camps and sub-developments.

“Human Settlements breeds all the social ills that black people suffer.

For the past five years we have been challenging it by walking 11,5 km from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha.

“But now we are doing something.

We have to deal with the circulation of money in white hands because they impoverish black communities.

“Black people ekasi should not buy goods from white- owned companies,” said Skosana, who carried a cross.

Explaining the Cross over his shoulders, which he carried for the length of the march, he said: “Easter commemorates the death of Christ. The cross is a symbol of brokenness. The cross tells the story of black people.”

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