Our souls are being eaten away by hate speech – Bishop Steve Moreo of Joburg

[Diocese of Johannesburg] The souls of South Africans are slowly being eaten away by the hate speech of people like EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu who have clearly embarked on an offensive of naked racism to harm the country.

So says the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg, the Right Revd Dr Steve Moreo, in a statement released today and sent to the members of his diocese in Gauteng. He was commenting in particular on recent utterances by the EFF leaders against Indians.

Bishop Moreo / Julius Malema (Photo: Diocese of Johannesburg / Gary van der Merwe / Wikimedia)

“The comments that have been made are nothing more than hate speech – a political tool that is reminiscent of the most abhorrent racism of apartheid against which millions of South Africans fought to attain their freedom in 1994. The nature of their attacks is such that I fear we may be beginning to see a roll-back of the very freedoms for which great men and women of the struggle fought.”

The racism being peddled by Malema had become a cancer that was eating away at the rejuvenated healthy cells of ubuntu that had followed 1994. Great leaders such as Nelson Mandela had shown how a spirit of big-heartedness and reconciliation, of seeing people through the African eyes of ubuntu, could begin to craft a South African renaissance that had been the envy of the world for a while. But the hatred inherent in racism was actively eating it away like a malignancy.

Bishop Moreo asked why Malema would castigate and insult Indians based on perhaps one experience he had: “I suspect Mr Malema is actually nervous to meet some of the very people he belittles, whose humanity he questions, whose ubuntu he denies when he makes his racist rants.”

The bishop said that there would always be differences between people. But the tendency in many quarters to single out race as the great differentiator was an illustration of evil forces at work.

“It is not only the Malemas who should desist in this, but all of us. People in business, the entertainment world, on the sports field, in the home, wherever, should think carefully about what they say. Ubuntu, reconciliation… those should be our watchwords as Africans living in this country.

“And Mr Malema and his comrades have a great need to understand and embrace ubuntu. They have a responsibility, as elected leaders, to engage others, and speak about their differences, and find one another. That is the African way. That is the ubuntu way. Why would the EFF leaders shun this?”

Bishop Moreo said if the present trend continued, modern-day racism could become institutionalised and be far worse than apartheid, with even worse consequences for the country: “And beware: when you start to label someone as a racist, you immediately become a racist yourself.”

Bishop Moreo said people of faith should renew efforts to play a leading role in demonstrating the love of one another which all religions espouse.

“I particularly ask Anglicans in my diocese to continue to engage with one another as we seek to overcome this renewed scourge of racism that has reared its satanic head in our land. We did this before as we struggled, not without our differences, in the pre 1994 days. Now is the time for us as Christians to rise up again and show that we will not allow racism to take hold at the expense of love and reconciliation.”




Edited by the Revd Loraine Tulleken

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Diocese of George Remembers Devastating Knysna Fire

The anniversary of the fire which devastated the Knysna area in the Diocese of George took place on 7th June.  A Service of Thanksgiving for the recovery from the fire was held at Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere to mark the occasion.

Below is a  a reflection from the Rt Revd Brian Marajh, Bishop of George, followed by a link to a video interview with the Revd Jerome Prins, Rector of Holy Trinity.


Dear Friends,

In his book “The God Delusion”, Richard Dawkins argues vehemently against what he calls ‘The God Hypothesis.’

What is interesting and significant is the problem he has in explaining away the phenomenon of why, in a supposedly impersonal universe, loving concern for the welfare of people in trouble is shown, by other people, who are perfect strangers.

A year ago, we witnessed an incredible outpouring of love and generosity, when Knysna and its surrounds in particular, were engulfed in flames. The caring and compassion on the part of people from all over South Africa and beyond, made an indelible impression on all concerned.

Many of those whose homes were destroyed by the raging fires bear testimony to the incredible caring they experienced throughout the ordeal. People opened their homes to perfect strangers and offered hospitality.

The disaster generated the most amazing generosity, as people in faraway places rallied to the needs of the dispossessed. Food and clothing and other items came pouring in from companies, service organisations and individuals. I am proud to say that many Churches in our Diocese and the wider Province responded to the crisis. In Knysna itself, local Churches organised themselves into distribution centres and were in the forefront of distributing the necessities to those worst affected.

The 7th June 2017 will never be forgotten. Knysna and the other places which suffered such horrendous damage are being restored. People are resilient and are getting on with their lives.
But, those Christlike qualities which were manifested during the fiery ordeal, by so many people, residents and outsiders alike, will never be forgotten. From the firefighters, who were in the forefront, battling the flames, to those, behind the scenes, packing food parcels – everyone who helped, sent a strong signal to the Community at large, that people are essentially good and through their endeavours, God is involved in what is happening.

Jesus is the Resurrection, in the present tense. And we are his hands and the instruments of his restorative grace in the world today.

The fires were dreadful, but the response was overwhelming and vindicated and reinforced our faith in God’s amazing providence and concern for those in need. In the final analysis, goodness will always prevail. Because God is good and life is to be celebrated.

Let us continue to uphold one another in prayer. Let us at all times remember when things are at their worst, God is at His best.

Grace and peace.

The Right Reverend Brian Melvin Marajh
Bishop of George



Father Jerome Prins reflecting on the 1st Anniversary of the Knysna Fires.

Posted by Anglicans in George Diocese on Thursday, 7 June 2018


Provincial Notices

Diocese of Natal Advertises Post of Diocesan Secretary

Anglican Diocese of Natal

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of

Diocesan Secretary

in the Anglican Diocese of Natal

Download PDF of this advertisement here – Advertisement_Natal

Location of Post: Cathedral Centre, 169 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Description and Purpose of the Post:

The Diocesan Secretary is the senior executive responsible for the management of the administration in the Diocese of Natal. The incumbent reports to the Bishop of Natal.

Subject to the direction of the Diocesan Bishop and implementing resolutions from Synod, the Board of Trustees and Diocesan Council, the primary responsibilities of the post include –

  • Supporting the implementation of the mission and vision of the Diocese
  • Ensuring that the Diocese maintains an effective, efficient and transparent financial management and control system;
  • As the Diocesan Public Officer, ensuring that the Diocese adheres to all legal requirements in respect of its Public Benefit Organisation status;
  • Overseeing all tax matters as prescribed in the Tax Administration Act;
  • Supporting the stability of the Diocese as a whole while promoting Christian development;
  • Ensuring compliance with all Constitutional and Canonical, statutory and regulatory requirements and that decisions of Synod, Diocesan Council and the Board of Trustees are implemented;
  • Ensuring effective management of movable and immovable assets;
  • Enabling effective support to the various parishes, organisations and schools;
  • Ensuring that appropriate governance procedures are in place to advance accountability, transparency, compliance with relevant rules and regulations to facilitate effective operational efficiency;
  • Managing human resources and volunteers as well as the provision of support for the management of the human resources of the parishes, organisations and schools;
  • Supporting effective communication management;
  • Ensuring effective risk management system;
  • Holding regular meetings with senior staff.


  • Extensive experience (5 years or more) in management of a large organisation requiring the ability to communicate, work with and understand the needs of the various levels within the Diocese;
  • The ability to make decisions while retaining empathy in dealing with people;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (the ability to communicate in isiZulu is an advantage).
  • To be a practising Anglican would be an advantage.


  • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree (Finance and Management).
  • Computer literacy

Remuneration: A market-related package

Closing Date for Applications: 29th June 2018

Written Applications together with an abridged CV and relevant qualifications must be received by close of business on 29th June 2018 by:

Personnel Administrator

Mrs Adele Green

Private Bag 899



Or Emailed to:

Or Hand delivered to:

Mrs Adele Green

2nd Floor

Cathedral Centre

169 Langalibalele Street


Successful shortlisted candidates will be notified by 31st July, 2018.