Religious leaders resolve to working with KwaDukuza municipal council

At the bilateral meeting between religious leaders and KwaDukuza Municipality were (back) Pastor David Gumede, Bishop Langa Mbatha, Pastor Thembinkosi Ngubane, Pastor A Manikkam and Pastor Trevor Nair (front) Mike Pitso KwaDukuza Municipality), Pastor J Nair, Cllr Ricardo Mthembu (KwaDukuza Mayor) and Pastor Innocent Nxumalo

RELIGIOUS leaders need to play an active role in the fight against social ills, especially the abuse of substances and drugs, which are prevalent in the communities.

This was one of the resolutions taken during an engagement between various religious leaders and KwaDukuza Municipality, held last week at the municipality’s council chambers.

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Spearheaded by KwaDukuza Mayor, Cllr. Ricardo Mthembu, the bilateral meeting was intended to improve cooperation between religious structures and the municipality as well as discussing support mechanisms.

Mayor Mthembu unpacked the need for such a meeting, alluding to the fact that the pillars of society needed to work together, so as to build a united community that is rapidly responsive in dealing with issues that affect the constituencies they all lead.

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‘We are all leaders and we need to work together, even though we come from different backgrounds, and collectively the information and experiences we have, can help all of us in dealing with issues that confronts us,’ he said.

Mthembu told religious leaders his municipality was looking forward to working with them on a long term.

‘We want to work with you. We want to support your programmes, but a clear programme needs to be worked out so that there is transparency on who is supported and to what extent.

‘We want to support your programmes, because your role in society is of paramount importance.’

Mthembu also asked for a change in mindset in the congregations that do not want to associate themselves with the municipality, because they deemed it political.

The one-day meeting also resolved to assist in the mobilisation of all race groups to participate in municipal programmes.

These include developing a formal committee that will appraise council on matters and activities happening in the religious fraternity, and submit their programmes of action for the year 2018, as well as supporting and creating innovative ways of introducing the municipality’s Masakhane Campaign to the communities they serve.

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Wiseman Mthiyane
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