Category: Social Issues

My Reflections on 2019 Elections

It’s election time again. I had a number of requests to write something or have discussions on the different ways that Christians tend to vote in SA, so here are my observations… Initially let me say that many South African Christians are influenced by the so-called “Christian Voters Guide” which was put out by our…

The Dutch Reformed Church and Homosexuality

It’s been almost 4 weeks since the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa has made a significant change in its position regarding homosexuality, though it seems this was only a rubber stamping of a popular view in the denomination Not Learning From History The Dutch Reformed Church had a hard time in South Africa. As…

Some Christian Thoughts about #FeesMustFall

Recently South Africa experienced a spate of student protests that has been dubbed by many as historic. During this time I had a number of requests by students for my thoughts on the issue. I remember getting home on the first Sunday after the end of the protests and reading a blog that said something…

9 Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking in South Africa

1. The Government of South Africa does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking[i] 2. In May 2013, parliament passed the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act (PACOTIP), which was signed by President Zuma in July 2013[ii] Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services,…

How Christian is the Christian Voters Guide?

The  views expressed in this article should not be construed as endorsing any particular political party. My standing political view has been that we need more Christian MP’s. How do Christians navigate the tricky waters of voting in South Africa? I’m not writing to tell you who to vote for, nor to deal with issue…

Diversity in South Africa: What Will Work?

Last week we asked the question, “what strategy will work for bringing about reconciling peaceful relationship in the diverse nation that is South Africa?”. We then looked at secularism and found it somewhat wanting for the task. Today I would like to suggest strategy for dealing with the divisiveness of religion that will work. That…

Diversity in South Africa: Is Secularism the Answer?

In South Africa we celebrate diversity, though at times it raises problems that besmirch our ‘rainbow nation’. In fact, there are those that see no room for this diversity, normally relegated to the far right of our political sphere. However, by and large, diversity is accepted; the preamble to our constitution says, “We, the people…

The Complexity of Freedom

Freedom is a complex thing; one freedom invariably affects another freedom. For example if you want the freedom of a longer life, you may have to limit the freedom of being able to eat whatever you want. This can also be seen in the history of South Africa- Liberties were enjoyed by a particular group…