The MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, has concluded a successful visit to the Nazareth Baptist Church, which was undertaken earlier today, 26 July 2022.
MEC Khoza was joined by a Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Mrs Zandile Gumede and eight eThekwini Municipality councillors when she paid a courtesy visit to the Nazareth Baptist Church, known as Shembe Church in Ebuhleni, Inanda, north of Durban, to seek guidance from senior church leaders on strategies to eradicate social ills in the area.
In her remarks, MEC Khoza welcomed the wise words from the leadership of the Shembe Church and further pleaded with all other churches to play their part to curtail the wide range of social ills existing in society. MEC Khoza emphasised that the Department would continue to partner with faith communities across the province to play their role in confronting the scourge of gender-based violence.
She said that meeting uNyaziLweZulu was historic and important because the wisdom acquired from rich discussions would go a long way in ensuring peace and stability in rural and township areas. She further pointed out that men in society and in churches had to lead the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence in communities and protect vulnerable people.
The event was graced by the presence Inkosi Mqoqi Ngcobo of AmaQadi Traditional Council, who openly made a commitment to join hands with all community stakeholders in fighting all social ills in the Inanda area and beyond. They will help to combat the scourge of gender-based violence and germinate the seeds of social cohesion and moral regeneration.
MEC Khoza said it was imperative to work with all sectors of society to fight the scourge of social ills in their respective areas.
“We are happy that the church leader welcomed us and made a commitment to play a role in all our campaigns to end the scourge of gender-based violence. We are happy how the Shembe Church wants to play the role in protecting women and children,” said MEC Khoza.
Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development