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Dear <<First Name>>

The students of South Africa have won a formidable victory in ensuring there will be no fee increases for next year.

The greatest victory however, is that they have demonstrated to all South Africans that through disciplined, sacrificial and dedicated civil action it is possible for all South Africans to shape the nation. 

This is a small victory for civil action, but the challenges of education for all, poverty and inequality are still very present and urgent.

As Church leaders we yesterday (22 October) lamented that we had not listened to our students and young people; and we committed ourselves to fostering courageous spaces where South Africans are able to listen to one another and to the voice of God.

If we are going to build a just and prosperous nation together, all South Africans must redouble our efforts to create these opportunities to courageously listen and act together across sectors, generations, race and geography.

The work for justice in South Africa is only just beginning and as Church we need to be a crucial part of this journey. 

If you support the church leaders statement from yesterday you can now add your name to it and become part of the broader church movement engaging our nation. 


Moss Nthla 
Chairman of the South African Christian Leaders Initiative
ADD YOUR NAME HERE: CHURCH LEADERS' STATEMENT

National church leaders gathered in Johannesburg from 21-22 October 2015 for the annual National Church Leaders’ Consultation (NCLC) and issued the following special statement on the student fee crisis. 

• We the Church leaders of South Africa lament the student fee crisis engulfing the country. We declare this a national crisis. 

• We lament that we have not discerned the signs of the times. We have failed our students and not heard their voices. 

• We lament and strongly condemn the unnecessary use of violence and police brutality against our students and children. We call for the immediate release of all detained under these circumstances. 

• We further lament the exclusion of the poor from our spaces of higher education because of un-affordability. We recognise that the majority of these students are black and this entrenches inequality in our nation and denies educational opportunity. Our sacred texts call us to identify with the poor and marginalised. The Church and faith leaders therefore have an obligation to stand in solidarity with the students on campuses around the nation. 

• Consequently Church and faith leaders have visited the WITS campus on Thursday, 22 October to symbolically express our solidarity. We are committing ourselves to creating courageous spaces where South Africans are able to listen to one another and to the voice of God. 

• We call on university authorities and government to join us in listening to students and avoiding violent behaviour that shuts down dialogue. Only through deep dialogue, listening and courageous action will we be able to find lasting long-term solutions. 

• We especially call on the government to provide adequate resources to redress the evils of the past and to allow the poor to access tertiary education. We further call on the minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, and the President of the Republic of South Africa to undertake immediate and appropriate measures to address the situation more than they have currently displayed. 

• As Church and faith leaders we commit to engage and journey with all concerned with these issues and we will call on other church and faith leaders to do the same at campuses across the country. 

• We also assure university executives of our prayers at this time of crisis. 


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Participants
1. Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba – Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Chairperson of the NCLC 
2. Archbishop Dr. Zandisile Magxwalisa – Jerusalem Church in South Africa 
3. Archbishop Jabulani Nxumalo – Roman Catholic Church 
4. Rev. Mukondeleli Ramulondi – Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa 
5. The Most Revd Bishop Lunga ka Siboto – Ethiopian Episcopal Church 
6. Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa – Methodist Church of Southern Africa / SACC 
7. Bishop Nkosekhaya Dikana – Word of Life 
8. Bishop Sonwabo Dlula – Reformed Apostolic Mission of South Africa 
9. Prof. Jerry Pillay – World Communion of Reformed Churches 
10. Bishop Melumzi Norhushu – Ebenezer Christian Church 
11. Dr. Emmanuel Tshilenga – International Church of Pretoria 
12. Prof Mary-Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel – Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa 
13. Dr. David Phaladi Tswaedi – Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa 
14. Dr. Abraham Hanekom – Commission For Witness 
15. Dr. Kobus Gerber - Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa 
16. Rev. Lulama Sibeko – Reformed Apostolic Mission of South Africa 
17. Rev. Garrett Möller – Volkskerk van Afrika 
18. Dr. Frank Chikane – AFM International / SACC 
19. Dr. Renier Koegelenberg – NRASD 
20. Dr. Welile Mazamisa – NRASD 
21. Rev. Lungile Mpetsheni – Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa 
22. Rev. Bonisile Moses Ngcayisa – Presbyterian Church of Africa 
23. Dr. Gustav Claassen – Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa 
24. Dr. William Van Der Merwe – Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa 
25. Rev. Charmaine Morgan – Methodist Church of Southern Africa 
26. Rev. Moss Ntlha – The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa 
27. Rev. Canon Desmond Lambrechts – Anglican Church of Southern Africa 
28. Pastor. Hermy Damons – International Federation of Christian Churches 
29. Rev. Senamo Molisiwa – Council of African Instituted Churches 
30. Bishop. Horst Muller - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (N-T) 
31. Bishop. Isaiah Canny Mpofu – Council of African Instituted Churches 
32. Pastor Xola Skosana – Way of Life 
33. Mr. Marcus Van Wyk – SACLI 
34. Mr. Miles Giljam – SACLI 
35. Mr. Henry Jeffreys – Journalist and analyst 
36. Rev. Loyiso Jonga – Baptist Church 
37. Rev. Edwin Arrison – Kairos Southern Africa 
38. Rev. Miranda Magxwalisa - Jerusalem Church in South Africa 
39. Rev. Cornelis Janse van Rensburg - Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa 
40. Rev. Cornelis Du Toit - Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa 
41. Dr. Sipho Mahokoto – NRASD 
42. Dr. Garth Japhet – Heartlines 
43. Sheikh Achmat Sedick - Muslim Judicial Council


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