‘No turning back after World Cup’

2010-08-26 00:00

THE recent World Cup was “a second liberation for South Africa”, said the head of the Local Organising Committee, Dr Danny Jordaan.

Jordaan delivered the annual Diakonia Council of Churches Lecture at the Durban City Hall in early August. Sharing the stage with his wife, the Reverend Roxanne Jordaan, he spoke on how the church could contribute to sustaining the spirit of nationhood after the World Cup.

He said he had no regrets that South Africa hosted the World Cup because since 1994, it had been a deeply divided nation. “It is only the soccer tournament that catapulted the nation to do what it had failed to do since the demise of apartheid. The soccer tournament was a second liberation for South Africa. If we attained freedom in 1994, with the 2010 World Cup we achieved our humanity,” he said.

Reverend Jordaan, who is affiliated to the SA Council of Churches and is the co-ordinator of the Kairos Theologian Forum, said that after the unity enjoyed during the World Cup “the nation is at a point where it cannot turn back to its old ways of division. It is therefore the role of the church to make sure that the unity is maintained.”

One way of doing that, she said, is for the church to stand in solidarity with the poor. “What is needed is a preferential treatment of the poor with the view of making poverty history.”

She added that the country has enough resources to change the lives of its people who starve.


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