Church groups organize civic dialogue

JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe Pastors Forum and the South African Council of Churches will hold a civic dialogue here on Saturday May 27 in an attempt to promote harmony between South Africans and the approximately 3 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa. With the motto, "Sharing Experie

nces, Building Trust,” the dialogue will include individuals sharing their personal stories. Organizations that work on relevant issues such as jobs, crime, and asylum applications will also share their perspectives. Invited organizations include Cosatu, Newlands Methodist Church, Rollback Xenophobia, Home Affairs, POPCRU, Sawima, Lawyers for Human Rights, and the SA Human Rights Commission. The following questions will be addressed: “Do they take our jobs? Do they cause crime?” “Do they disrespect us? Do their police harass us?” “It is crucially important both for Zimbabweans and for South Africans to hear each other’s stories. Only through this sort of personal encounter, facilitated by religious leaders, can the growing rift within the New South Africa be healed,” said Steven Chiadzwa, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Pastors Forum.
The group has also scheduled a Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe on June 3. – For more information, call 011-614-6218 or 076 061 0311 or 076 817 0030.

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