South Africa: Day of Prayer over Gender Based Violence
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South Africa: Day of Prayer over Gender Based Violence

The National President of the Catholic Women’s Association in South Africa, Benise Cocci, said: “With the Apostles, we cry out to you, Lord: Save us! We are perishing.” Available statistics lends credence to these claims. According to official accounts, a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, and more than 87,000 cases of…

South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out
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South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out

In a message shared with ACI Africa to celebrate August, the Women’s Month in South Africa, Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese spoke widely about the role of women in the early Church relative to their position in the Church today. “Women’s month challenges us to examine ourselves in relation to women. We must ensure…

Zimbabwe: Church Leaders in Southern Africa Express Support to Zimbabwe Bishops
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Zimbabwe: Church Leaders in Southern Africa Express Support to Zimbabwe Bishops

“We continue to note with increasing concern the unabated situation of repression in Zimbabwe, resulting in increasing hardship and suffering to the citizens,” SACBC members say. They add, “The Catholic Church and its Bishops in Southern Africa stand in unconditional solidarity with you as leadership who are being targeted by the government and with masses…

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South Africa: A Bishop’s Searing Criticism of Current State of Affairs

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa who took office after the resignation of President Zuma has come under heavy criticism over allegations of corruption in his government, the latest being the alleged misappropriation of the country’s COVID-19 relief fund. ANC leaders have no reason to reform and to go back to the values advocated for by anti-apartheid activists…

South Africa: Tackling Gender-Based Violence
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South Africa: Tackling Gender-Based Violence

“Attrition studies have established that some of the rape survivors drop the criminal charges because of lack of support system and threats from the perpetrators,” he disclosed and added, “The Catholic women have managed to offer rape survivors the pastoral accompaniment necessary to address attrition in rape cases.” Considering that violence against women is “an…

South Africa: ‘Becoming Men’ – A Study of Black Masculinity
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South Africa: ‘Becoming Men’ – A Study of Black Masculinity

Studies about young black men in South African townships are not new, but many tend to associate young black men with gangs, crime and violence. What is new in this book is the focus on young black men who do not subscribe to stereotyped ideas of being a black township man. These are young township…

South Africa: ‘Too early to Open Churches for Worship’ – Archbishop Stephen Brislin
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South Africa: ‘Too early to Open Churches for Worship’ – Archbishop Stephen Brislin

“After a great deal of discussion, dialogue and seeking advice, I believe it is unwise, at this time, to open our churches for public worship,” Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town says. In his Wednesday, June 3 statement seen by ACI Africa, Archbishop Brislin says that “the trajectory of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa is still…

South Africa: Frightening Surge in Gender-based Violence – Church Leaders Speak out
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South Africa: Frightening Surge in Gender-based Violence – Church Leaders Speak out

“South Africa has earned the unwelcome notoriety as the home of gender-based violence, gruesome rape, and killing of women in what has been dubbed the Republic of Sexual Abuse (RSA),” the church leaders stated in their collective letter shared with ACI Africa Monday, May 11. They added, in reference to GBV in families, “Such domestic…

Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa
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Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa

Almost immediately after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Africa, the jokes started. From memes featuring prominent politicians to bad puns, from TikTok video clips to pictures of people posing with silly home-made protective gear, South Africans took to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make fun of the virus. It is not unusual for South Africans…

South Africa: ‘We Need to Get to the Root Cause of Femicide’ – Bishop Sithembele Sipuka
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South Africa: ‘We Need to Get to the Root Cause of Femicide’ – Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

As South Africa struggles to curb alarming rates of gender-based killings targeting women and girls, a Bishop in the country has, in an interview with ACI Africa, highlighted the need to identify the root cause of violence targeting women for an appropriate way out of the societal challenge. “In my view we need to get to the…