MCSA Press Release regarding Mehena & Sibanga recording

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa – Methodist Connexional Office

31 December 2018

Communique on Rev Dr Mehana and Raymond Sibanga’s Recording

The Office of the Presiding Bishop has become aware, through social media, of an unfortunate and distressing recording of a private conversation between Rev. Dr. Vukile Mehana and Mr Raymond Sibanga. The Methodist Church of Southern Africa would like to distance itself from the offensive and shocking utterances of our minister and state unequivocally that his views are in no way representative of the position of the church and its functional duties.

We note with dismay the blatant disrespect and portrayal of women who are characterised in a dismissive, humiliating and degrading caricature. The objectifying of the anatomy of women and its link to culture and religion is not only unacceptable but also equally distasteful.

We maintain that the opinions express are both offensive and highly intolerable particularly in our current climate in which women are de-humanised, abused and disrespected

This matter is receiving immediate and urgent attention and a full investigation is underway, the outcome of which will be communicated.

Released on behalf of the Office of the Presiding Bishop

Bishop Zipho Siwa

Contact: bongani@mco.org.za

0781315137

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Video on Social Media of alleged MCSA Staff member

1 June 2018

To all Members of the MCSA

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa would like to distance itself from a video doing the rounds on social media, in which a lady spewing racial slurs and obscenities is said to work for the Methodist Church.

We are still busy with our investigations but our preliminary inquiries have revealed that the woman in question is neither Methodist nor does she work for the MCSA

The MCSA does not condone the use of vulgar language or any slurs one against another, be they racial, ethnic or tribal.

The Communications Team

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OUR SOULS ARE NOT FOR SALE

“OUR SOULS ARE NOT FOR SALE”

Fellow South Africans, the actions of the Executive over the past 48 hours have had an immense effect on all of us. We, as fellow participants in civil society, civil service, NGO’s, business, and the youth of South Africa, do not condone these actions.

We acknowledge that:

‐ The time has come for all of us to unite behind the values enshrined in our Constitution

‐ That there is a duty on all of us to uphold and protect these values by holding our government accountable to their Constitutional mandate

We wish to dispel the myth that these irrational actions have and will contribute to our economy.

As a sign of our discontentment, we invite all disapproving South Africans to stand together behind the #BlackMonday movement. This coming Monday (3rd April 2017) we will all wear black in solidarity and use the tag to further the cause.

We can no longer be passive. Let us start the change we wish to see in our beloved country, and save the legacy that Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and liberation leaders fought for.

Bishops Comment on Cabinet Reshuffeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 March 2017 The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) is outraged but not totally surprised by the decision to reshuffle the cabinet, as announced by President Zuma late Thursday night, the consequences of which are already rocking the economy. “The recent cabinet reshuffle has left a distasteful and gaping wound in […]

MCSA Statement on State Capture Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 November 2016

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa joins the South African Council of Churches in expressing our shock at what appears to be calculated “intrigue” in the goings on cataloged in the “State of Capture” report.
We acknowledge that the report is preliminary and inconclusive and that the Public Protector has recommended further investigation by a Judicial Commission of Enquiry. We support this call and hope that due processes will be expedited post haste. We find it very unfortunate that as mentioned in the report, the position of the Head of State is becoming increasingly untenable.

We call on all Methodists to commit to prayer and fasting for the nation of South Africa and all creation. We ask that Church bells throughout South Africa be rung at 12 noon for 7 days from Sunday 13 November, culminating in concerted prayer on Sunday 20 November 2016. We will, at this time, also pray for President Zuma and all those implicated in the report to interrogate their consciences and do the honourable thing by voluntarily stepping down for the good of the country should they be founding wanting. We acknowledge that in the event of their resignations, this will not dig us out of the political and economic quagmire we find ourselves in today but it will send out a clear signal to a commitment to a new dawn of statesmanship and political accountability.

We further ask all our members to engage in courageous conversations as we pray and seek to discern Gods will for the country, irrespective of our narrow and partisan political persuasions.

Statement released by the office of
Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

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MCSA – STATEMENT ON EDUCATION

STATEMENT OF THE METHODIST CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA ON EDUCATION

27 September 2016 / For Immediate Release

The MCSA at its 127th Conference, meeting at the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria, expressed grave concern at the crisis situation currently characterising tertiary institutions in South Africa.

“We as the MCSA support the call for accessible quality education for all and hold the view that the current funding model for all education needs to be revised as a matter of urgency,” said Bishop Zipho Siwa, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

We note with some disquiet the rapid deterioration of relationships between government, students and Higher Education authorities linked to the “fees must fall” protests and the seemingly unrequited student demands.

“We however do not support wanton destruction of property and are not happy with the purported violence that is allegedly been meted out against protesting students by security companies hired by the tertiary institutions at exorbitant cost.”

In a bid to be part of the solution, the MCSA proposes to host a national 2 day Summit on Education with all affected stakeholders to develop a clearer, informed understanding of all the issues and partner towards a concrete programme of action that will contribute to sustainable resolution of this challenge.

We affirm the work already being done by the church in particular the ministry of presence and encourage others to get involved too.
We continue to pray for the Higher Education systems in the 6 countries (Mozambique, Lesotho. South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland) in the MCSA Connexion.

Released on behalf of
Ziphozihle Siwa
Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church of Southern Africa

MCSA Press Release on Media Censoring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3 July 2016

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa is greatly disturbed by the alleged media muffling that is apparently happening at the SABC as is reported in the media. Press freedom is a fundamental cornerstone of any democracy and suggestions that this freedom is being compromised is cause for grave concern. The public has a right to free and unfettered news and information especially from the public broadcaster that is the only source of broadcast media for millions.

Allegations by journalists working for the SABC that the public broadcaster is self –censoring and thus controlling what the public should and should not see and know are alarming. The resignation of the acting CEO Jimmi Matthews and subsequent suspension of senior journalists by the SABC has intensified the misgivings we as the public have regarding the roiling turmoil at the broadcast

By its very definition, the public broadcaster should serve the interests of the public, and it is in the interests of the public and public accountability, for them to know the good, the bad and the ugly. The public cannot be treated like a child who needs to be ‘protected’ from the unsavoury aspects of life or an irrational individual who cannot be trusted not to imitate what they hear and see. We as a country cannot afford to sit back and watch the public broadcaster be turned into a state or government broadcaster that will spout only that which whoever is at the helm deems fit for public consumption.

“I am puzzled and concerned by the dangerous signs and news reports we are receiving concerning the public broadcaster the SABC- we cannot sit back and just watch when one of our hard won freedoms is in danger of being compromised through censorship- we lived through many years of pain because the media was driven by propaganda and we cannot allow this to happen again; what is happening at the SABC must be investigated and there must be urgent interventions. We must all defend media freedom,” Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church said whilst addressing a Methodist women’s conference in Kimberley

The SABC’s role in fostering an accountable democracy and informed public cannot be overstated especially because its reach goes beyond our very borders to several African countries. So as a church we take a stand on the side of the constitution which protects freedom of expression and of the press. The electorate has a right to know what is happening in their country.

We therefore call on the leadership of the SABC and the Minister of Communications to investigate these purported issues without delay and intervene as a matter of extreme urgency.

Statement released by Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

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PRESIDENT, Do the honourable thing, say Methodists

MCSA Press Release (31/03/2016)

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa welcomes the unanimous judgement by the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter. Of crucial importance is comment by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng that “ours is a genuine and vibrant constitutional democracy capable of self-correction and self-preservation… and that the rule of law is imperative for the survival of democracy.”

The clarification of the powers of the Public Protector is also welcome and will hopefully serve as a deterrent to any who would want to undermine any Chapter 9 institutions. The remedial action articulated in the Public Protector’ report and those expounded by the Constitutional Court must be implemented without further delay. The public resources that were wasted on unnecessary investigations are regrettable.

It is sad that the judgement found that the President violated the Constitution and his oath of office in that he “failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land…” Furthermore, he defied the orders by the Public Protector to pay back a portion of the money for the non-security upgrades to Nkandla, backed by the National Assembly which too was found to have acted unconstitutionally and in flagrant violation of their duty to protect the constitution.

These events call for President Zuma to do the honourable thing and resign to save himself, the ANC and the nation as a whole from further embarrassment and ruin. This will go a long way in assisting his supporters to accept his exit, without the polarisation of society. If this does not happen, we the people of South Africa must put pressure on the ANC and Parliament to ‘assist’ the President to vacate office peacefully and constitutionally. The president’s embattled term of office has been marred with too many unresolved claims and scandals including Nkandla, the Arms deal debacle, and the recent revelations of alleged State capture by the Gupta’s and the time has come to put the country first.

We further call on the South African public to learn from these unfortunate events and rally together towards building of a future that promises hope and wellbeing for all. We have a duty to protect our constitutional democracy for the generations to come.

We further pray that the National Assembly will in future act in a manner that demonstrates that they put the interests of the country first, uphold the trust placed in them by the electorate and are not just blind pawns and protectors of any individual.

This is the time to soak the nation in prayer and the MCSA calls on all people of faith to join together in prayer for peaceful resolution and possible transition into the post-Nkandla era.

Statement released by Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

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Contact : Bongie
011 615 1616
0781315137