24 August 2012

DIAKONIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – GANDHI DEVELOPMENT TRUST

THE KZN INTER RELIGIOUS COUNCIL &

WORLD CONFERENCE ON RELIGIONS FOR PEACE 

Invite all to join them in a day of prayers

for all those who lost their lives in the LONMIN mine tragedy in Rustenburg on

DATE: Friday 24 August 2012

TIME:  9:00am to 10:30am

VENUE: Diakonia Centre

Diakonia Avenue

 

Religious Leaders express their shock and deep concern regarding the brutal manner in which the SAPS confronted the Lonmin mineworkers in Rustenburg on August 16th 2012.

There is NO PLACE for this in today’s democratic South Africa.

We call all our people to pray for the intervention of Government, the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources and we request National Police Commissioner to undertake a thorough enquiry and to provide documentation on the SAPS’ standing regulations relating to crowd and riot control.

We ask for special training in non-violence control and offer our assistance in carrying this out.

As religious leaders we reject all forms of violence in resolving disputes whether between employees and employers, between unions and management or between miners and police.

We stand for justice and fair negotiation which respect the rights and dignity of all and the promotion of PEACE and RECONCILIATION.

We pray that this country will never again see such images of senseless loss of life.

We add our prayers for the bereaved, the wounded and for the souls of those whose lives have been so tragically cut short.

MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE!

Secure parking is available on the 1st floor of the Renaissance Building, next door to the service entrance of the Diakonia Centre in Maud Mfusi (St George’s) Street.