World Council of Churches visits South Africa to discuss xenophobia and gender based violence with President Ramaphosa

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The World Council of Churches would meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday to discuss gender based violence and xenophobia in South Africa.

The Council’s engagements are centered around gender based violence and public violence targeting foreign nationals and South Africans.

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In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C., the presidency in South Africa said “The engagement by the President with the highest echelon of the clergy is in the context of advancing the objective of realising a socially cohesive and safe South Africa and the world”.

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In South Africa, the Council is being hosted by its affiliate, the South African Council of Churches, from 7-12 December 2019.

It includes members of the Churches Commission for International Affairs of the World Council of Churches whose Moderator is Reverend Frank Chikane. 

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South Africa was in the lamplight months ago, following xenophobic attacks there. Several people were killed and property destroyed. South African businesses were also attacked in several countries.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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