NICSA launched in iLembe District

2015-04-30 15:10
Photo: makhosandile Zulu
iLembe district mayor Welcome Mdabe speaking at the launch of NICSA last week Wednesday.

Photo: makhosandile Zulu iLembe district mayor Welcome Mdabe speaking at the launch of NICSA last week Wednesday.

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ILEMBE District mayor Welcome Mdabe delivered an impassioned speech which called on the newly formed branch to play a pivotal role in the “reconstruction” of society, in light of the spate of xenophobic attacks that spread throughout the country recently.

The mayor was speaking at the launch of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa last Wednesday.

The district’s branch of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) was launched at the iLembe auditorium where the African, Islamic, Nazareth, Hindu, Christian and Rastafarian religions were present as part of the faith-based organisation.

Mdabe said that the council is faced with the mammoth task of unifying all Africans for the sake of attaining peace and prosperity adding: “Interfaith plays a central role in social cohesion, the reconstruction, and in the development of our own morals.”

Mdabe delved into history, making reference to a clause in the Freedom Charter which states: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”.

In order to highlight what South Africa shares with other nations on the continent, he spoke about the varied contributions made by countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania and even those abroad such as Russia and Cuba, towards the liberation of South Africa.

He said that reflecting on the significance of such a history would help South Africans understand themselves better and their role on the continent.

“Therefore, the interfaith council, part of its responsibility is to educate us in terms of understanding who we are.”

Describing xenophobia as “backwardness” and a flagrant display of arrogance and as a “reactionary” attitude alien to the African virtue of ‘Ubuntu’ (humanity) Mdabe said that tolerance is an essential trait at such times.

“The role of the South African interfaith council is to mobilise our South African people and our African brothers for a peaceful dialogue in terms of the differences of opinion and differences of religious affiliation, that is critical,” he said.

In the pursuit of a more tolerant citizenry he reminded all, that social ills faced by South Africans cannot be overlooked, listing droughts, disease, unemployment, and poverty as some of the scourges that many have to endure.

“We must take into account that we are not the only ones, we are human beings created by God.

“Poverty is man made then it will be eradicated by man through his actions,” said Mdabe.

“Therefore, the national council of interfaith would have a role to play,” he added.

Citing figures that reveal the dire state of poverty within the district, such as 332 child headed homes identified as at the end of March.

“It’s a challenge, we need the interfaith to be with us,” concluded the mayor

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