Frank Chikane pastor again

2010-05-02 21:34

Johannesburg - The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) church in Soweto must meet the holistic needs of society and make use of resources for ministering purposes, Revered Frank Chikane said on Sunday.

"We need to broaden this 'go ye' message to include the social needs of the people," he said, after being reappointed as the church's presiding pastor.

The church must use its own resources, including a multi-purpose centre, to minister to the Soweto area, said Chikane.

"When they hear about pornographic political discourse we have been subjected to in the recent past and naked corruption our people have witnessed, they must look at this church with expectation for a word of comfort and hope."

Chikane was suspended from the church 15 years ago because of his involvement in politics. He became the director general in the office of then deputy president Thabo Mbeki from 1994 to 1999.

He held the same position when Mbeki was president between 1999 and 2009.

He left at government's end of term in April last year.

On Sunday, Chikane told the congregation his involvement in the political struggle was not a struggle against a particular race, but against oppressive and exploitative systems.

"It is for this reason that we declared then that if blacks, for instances, were to take over government and practised injustices against whites we would be obliged to take a stand again, even if it means going back to jail or paying the ultimate price," he said.