The MEC of the KwaZulu-Natal department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has called upon churches to fight against the abuse of women and children. Dube-Ncube made these remarks today at the 40th Celebration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA), YMG eMpangeni Circuit 717 which were presided over by the Natal Coastal District Bishop Rev Linda Mandindi.
The celebrations were attended by the Former Presiding Bishop of MCSA and Secretary General of the council of churches Rev, Dr Mvumelwano Dandala, the Mayor of uMhlathuze Local Municipality Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo and local councillors.
In her address MEC Dube-Ncube praised the Perish located in Esikhawini, for the sterling work that it does to fight against the abuse of women and children abuse and social ills like drug and substance abuse. “Churches play a critical role as a reliable partner to government efforts to create harmony within our communities. The spiritual nourishment they provide helps in the fight against the demons of abuse plaguing our communities” Dube-Ncube.
The MEC called upon the church to continue praying for the well-being of the people of the province more especially as we approach the festive season; “As leaders we need your prayers as the church, our councilors, mayors and Amakhosi need your prayers as we execute the will of our communities” continued Dube-Ncube.
Dube-Ncube’s visit to the perish, is part of government’s efforts to strengthen ties with faith based organisations. “The challenges that we face as a province are vast and require a concerted effort right across all sectors of society. As government we will not be able to succeed on our own” said Dube-Ncube.