The Central Committee of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) this week
called for renewed engagement with the Afrikaner community, emphasizing the need to
address those issues that "make some South Africans feel like outsiders in their own
In his address to the annual meeting of delegates from the SACC's 24 member
denominations, the General Secretary of the Council, the Rev Dr Molefe Tsele, said: "For
us, it is significant that these groups are receiving impulses for their activities from
Biblical teachings. It is also significant that they are members of our churches, more
especially the NGK family of churches. We need to ask ourselves what role can we play
to assist these groups to reconcile with the reality of our new dispensation."
Whilst acknowledging that there will inevitably be a minority in any society that feels
alienated from the mainstream, the Central Committee expressed concern that a failure to
take seriously the grievances of the Afrikaner community will contribute to an
atmosphere in which right-wing organizations, such as the Boeremag, will thrive.
In the interests of the long-term success and stability of peace and democracy in South
Africa, Central Committee delegates asked the SACC to initiate a process of engaging
the Afrikaner community in order to minister to and build bridges with those who share
the sentiments of the Boeremag.
The Reconciliation and Healing Unit of the SACC, which is headed by Canon Luke Pato,
will facilitate the initiative.
For further information contact Dr Molefe Tsele 011 241 7817
12 August 2003