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Ending racism is a task for everyone

Sunday 20 March 2016 I For immediate release

Overcoming racism is a daily activity that needs to be undertaken by every person in our society in respect of all others, regardless of race, colour, gender, class, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in Southern Africa, Colonel Keith Conrad, has said.

Speaking in advance of Human Rights’ Day tomorrow (Monday 21 March 2016), Colonel Conrad said he supported the call by South Africa’s President to focus on an end to racism in the country and promote unity and tolerance.

“Racism is both a structural and an individual struggle. As a society, we need to continue our efforts on a structural level to give every person access to education, health, housing, water and electricity.

“On an individual level, we need to ensure that our hearts and minds are focused on regarding every person as a brother or sister. This does not mean that we will not struggle at times to get on with one another, but it does mean that we have to be committed to living together in respect and tolerance.

“To do so, we need to follow and emulate the example set for us by Jesus Christ in his acceptance of and love for all people,” Colonel Conrad added.

The Territorial Commander is due to address members of The Salvation Army at Thokoza Park, next to Moroka, on Monday 21 March, 2016, starting at 10h30, where he will support the President’s call for an end to racism and promote unity and tolerance in South Africa.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.


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