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Every act of violence against foreigners crucifies Jesus again: Salvation Army

Friday, 17th April 2015  I  For immediate release

The Salvation Army has condemned the wave of attacks on foreigners currently happening in South Africa, saying that in every violent and brutal act, Christ is once again crucified.

The PR Secretary of The Salvation Army Southern Africa territory, Major Carin Holmes, said: “We are appalled and deeply saddened and disappointed at the current wave of xenophobia in the country against our fellow Africans. Every act of brutality is in direct contradiction of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“We have only recently celebrated the crucifixion of Jesus and his rising from the dead at Easter time. How can South Africans, the majority of whom profess themselves to follow the Christian faith, justify these violent actions at any time, let alone so soon after Easter?” she asked.

The Salvation Army in Durban has been providing assistance in the refugee camps that have been set up in Durban and is ready to do likewise if called on for help in other cities.

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.


Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
Tel: 011-487-0026
Cell: 082-903-5819
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
Tel: 011-718-6745
Cell: 082-994-4351
Click here to e-mail Carin