Press Statement: State Capture Crucifies

PRESS STATEMENT                                                                                                    14-04-2022

State Capture Crucifies

On Good Friday the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town will raise this Yellow Banner on its steeple.

It reads:

We raise this banner on Good Friday to highlight the crucifying consequences of State capture. The people involved in State capture not only have dirty hands. They have blood on their hands. They are guilty of theft and the deaths that ensue from their theft. State capture makes a handful of people obscenely rich at the cost of making millions of people excruciatingly poorer. Among these are the vulnerable poor who die from all manner of lack. There are many ways to kill someone. Stealing money that was intended to provide life-giving services is one way. It is often a tortuously ‘slow’ death and those responsible are seldom caught, let alone convicted, for it is difficult to find their fingerprints at the scene, but we want them to know that like Pilate of old, no amount of hand washing will remove the blood stains from their hands. As the prophet Jeremiah says: “The acted shamefully, yet were not ashamed, they did not know how to blush…Therefore they shall fall.” [Jeremiah 6:15].

We say blessed are the whistle-blowers who risk their lives to tell the truth. These whistle-blowers are the real freedom fighters of our day. We grieve for the whistle-blowers who have been killed while knowing that a bullet cannot kill the truth they have spoken.

A WARNING from history to those who continue to live in shameless denial of their State capture crimes: the truth has a strange and powerful way of resurrecting.

Contact person: Alan Storey

The Yellow Banner will be raised at 11:30 on Friday 15th April.

 

 

 

CMM’s Yellow Steeple Banner

Articles on the latest Yellow Banner:
News24 article
Daily Maverick
(first published on Groundup)

On Thursday 28th October at 2pm, we will raise this Yellow Banner on the steeple of the Central Methodist Mission – Greenmarket Square.

Every single major religion encourages people to get vaccinated. Vaccination is safe and effective. It has been proven over and over that vaccination reduces infection, hospitalisation, and death. Vaccines are therefore to be celebrated as a gift from God that saves lives. Indeed, vaccination is one the greatest public health achievements in history.

Yet sadly there are some individuals who assert that vaccination is at odds with their religious faith. They promote the false binary of: Faith in God OR faith in vaccines. They use their religious authority to mislead people to place their faith in “God’s providence” rather than medical best practice. Some Christian pastors have promoted Holy Communion as “COVID medicine”. Others have stated that “Jesus is my vaccine” securing immunity from COVID. Others have said because of the “blood of the Jesus” COVID will “Passover” without touching me or my family.

This religious pressure can tip a person over from vaccine hesitancy to anti-vaccination.

These false binaries may end up having deadly consequences because COVID cares less for one’s religion. COVID does not discriminate according to one’s belief.

Since it is difficult to combat this belief without being perceived as attacking someone’s religion, it is important that religious institutions themselves do so.

It is “Prayer and Vaccines”. Not, “Prayer or Vaccines”. Refusing to take life-saving vaccines is a sign of foolishness, not a sign of faithfulness.

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Should you choose to cover this event please be mindful of COVID regulations.

If you would like further information on the Yellow Banners of Central Methodist Mission you can find it here: https://www.cmm.org.za/yellow-banner-theology/

 

World Teachers Day

5 October 2016 is World Teachers Day – herewith press release from the MCSA’s Presiding Bishop, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa honouring and recognising the formation role teachers play in society. World Teachers Day, October 5 2016 either click on this link or read the following full statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 October 2016

As 5 October is World Teachers Day, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) joins the rest of the world to honour and recognise the formation role played by teachers both in the classroom and in society. Teachers are crucial facilitators in the realisation of every child’s God given potential.

“We celebrate the role teacher’s play in providing quality education from early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary levels and the long lasting positive impact they have on society,” said Bishop Zipho Siwa, Presiding Bishop of the MCSA.

“In the backdrop of the ongoing university of protests, we are all cognisant of the precarious condition of the education system in South Africa at this time. This however, should not prevent us from making an effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution committed teachers make to education and economic development, a lot of the time against many odds.

Access to quality education remains a fundamental human right essential for the realisation of other human rights. Well trained, motivated teachers through education, empower young people by enabling them to acquire skills and knowledge and mould their values and attitudes, all character facets critical for their future abilities to secure their basic socio-economic needs and aid in the sustainable development of their communities and societies.
Teachers need the support of not just government or familial units, but all of society has to play a part in providing them with continuous development opportunities and giving them the required institutional support to maximise their potential. They need to be encouraged to strengthen their educational research capacity that can inform local educational reform initiatives.

As International Teachers Day gives us an opportunity to pause and focus on the issues affecting our education system, let us galvanise our efforts to improving the sector and do away with the destructive elements that have marred well-intentioned protests. The education of our children, especially the poor, at various levels of the spectrum should remain our main priority.

The recently held multi-stakeholder consultation on education only served to expose the inability of the stakeholders to listen to each other. We long for an education system that is affordable and accessible by all, that will produce confident, innovative, questioning, thoughtful, tolerant and open minded young people who then can contribute meaningfully to their society and the global community.

At the core of developments towards a more sustainable funding structure for education in SA, is the ability to take all stakeholder interests, expectations and challenges to heart and openly share viable solutions to the current impasse.

We salute those who have availed themselves in service through this most noble of professions for the formation of nations.

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

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