Friday, March 19, 2010

City cleric to preach on Human Rights Day commemoration

By Ofentse Mokae
19 March 2010


Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba will lead the service at St Cyprian’s Church in Sharpeville on the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville Shootings.

In his sermon, Archbishop Makgoba is expected to reflect on what it means to be follower of the Christian faith whether in the face of the political impoverishment and oppression of the past.

“All those who strive for such ends should receive honour and recognition, regardless of what part of society they come from,” his office says.

In a statement his office says it will be his first visit to Sharpeville since becoming Archbishop at the beginning of 2008.

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe will, deliver a keynote address at the commemoration 50th Anniversary of Human Rights Day Celebrations.

Motlanthe will be accompanied by two of his cabinet colleagues the Ministers of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulama Xingwana, Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe and other senior government officials.

“Through this day, we celebrate victory over the apartheid system and reinforce our commitment to human rights,” said the Presidency.

The deputy president will be part of the morning service where the bishop will preach before leading a wreath-laying ceremony.

This year’s commemoration takes place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”.

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