Category Archives: MEDIA RELEASES

Farewell to Paddy Kearney

Diakonia invites our friends to the various events to mourn and say a fond farewell to Paddy Kearney, the pioneer and former leader of our organisation founded by the late Archbishop Denis Hurley. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Paddy who has epitomised grace, humility and “Diakonia”  which means “service…
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SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK CONTINUES AT DIAKONIA

Diakonia Council of Churches, which for more than four decades has worked towards a just society, will continue their important programme work after the organisation emerged from a recent hard-hitting financial crisis. As a consequence of some of our key overseas funding sources changing their funding priorities, the organisation was at risk of closing its doors…
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DIAKONIA DISTANCES COUNCIL OF CHURCHES FROM NICSA VIGIL

Diakonia Council of Churches wishes to distance itself and its member churches from the night vigil and march organised by National Interfaith Council of South Africa’s (NICSA) this week. As the Council of Churches, we stand firm for peace, hope, truth and justice; especially in light of the very heavy political discourse currently occurring in…
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Flash Back Friday: Diakonia’s GFS making SABC news

Incase you missed it, click on the video clip below of Diakonia's Good Friday Service making the news: https://youtu.be/Zx1cveoDM5o Our organisation is still in urgent need of funds to continue our social justice work.  And we would appreciate your assistance in making this possible.
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Diakonia hosts urgent Xenophobia meeting, interfaith prayer

Diakonia Council of Churches hosted an urgent interfaith meeting to address the recent xenophobic threat against the INK (Inanda, KwaMashu and surrounding areas) community north of Durban. Church leaders and concerned members of KZN's interfaith community held the meeting last week to follow up on a threatening letter which was addressed to the Somalian and…
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DIAKONIA CONDEMNS VIOLENT MOSQUE ATTACK

Diakonia Council of Churches expresses deep concern about the brutal attack at a mosque in Ottawa near Verulam on Thursday. We lend our voice to the condemnation of the senseless violence and murder of one of the victims and implore the law enforcement agencies, together with community and religious leaders to offer full support to…
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Do not Fear, Stand Firm GFS 2018

Diakonia Council of Churches, which for more than four decades has worked towards  a just society, presents its annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 30 March starting at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) before processing – in silence – through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall. The well-established…
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CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

Diakonia Council of Churches welcomes the resolution of the apparent impasse at the helm of government with the unfolding drama of the events on 14 February 2018. As a body we have remained silent on the growing voice calling for the removal of President Zuma over the past year, because we believed that this was…
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Standing firm at Lent

Today is one of the most important holy days in the Christian liturgical calendar. It is the day which opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter Sunday and is observed by many Christians, especially from mainline traditional churches, throughout the world. “Ash Wednesday comes from the…
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16 Days of Activism Campaign: Unite to end Abuse and Violence

Gender-based violence is unfortunately one of the social ills, which plagues our country, particularly KZN much too frequently. The alarming rate at which abuse of women and children occur in our society is of great concern to Diakonia Council of Churches, as an organisation that focuses on gender justice as part of our work for…
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DIAKONIA LECTURE AND AWARD PRESENTATION

Coral Vinsen a worthy recipient of the 2017 Diakonia Award Diakonia Centre: Friday, 1 September 5pm for 5.30pm Diakonia Council of Churches hosted the twelfth Diakonia Lecture, which included the presentation of the eleventh Diakonia Human Rights Award to veteran human rights activist Coral Vinsen, on Friday, 1 September at the Diakonia Centre. The evening…
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SAY NO TO ABUSE NOT JUST ON WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH BUT ALWAYS

The increasing and alarming rate of abuse of women and children in KwaZulu-Natal in particular is of great concern to Diakonia Council of Churches, an organisation that works for social justice, and gender justice is an integral part of our core focus on social justice. Beside getting local churches to reflect on issues of gender…
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A Call to the eThekwini Municipality: Do Not Buy Casspirs

We are outraged at the plan for the City of Durban to purchase militarised vehicles to deal with protests by the people of the Durban. This marks an alarming and unacceptable escalation of the local state's increasingly repressive and intolerant response. The protest actions themselves highlight the deep crises and challenges that we need to…
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Diakonia concerned about eThekwini’s Social Cohesion Conference

Diakonia Council of Churches is deeply concerned about the eleventh hour postponement of eThekwini Municipality’s third Social Cohesion Conference on Monday. As a social justice agency, we fear such a late change to the event is sure to negatively impact the City’s coffers and indeed the ratepayers. Our concern is not only the high costs…
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Diakonia unites politicians and people of faith at Good Friday Service

Diakonia Council of Churches once again celebrated the victory of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Calvary at their ecumenical Good Friday Service on Friday, 14 April. The annual service is an important day in the South African Christian calendar as well as a highlight event in the Durban Easter holiday cultural line up. This year, despite…
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Good Friday Service 2017 theme: Whom shall I send?

Diakonia Council of Churches, which recently celebrated 40 years of working towards  a just society, presents its annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 14 April starting at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) before processing – in silence – through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall. The well-established tradition…
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DIAKONIA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO US TRAVEL BAN

Diakonia Council of Churches is appalled by the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump on citizens from seven majority Muslim countries. The reasons for the travel ban are short-sighted and ill-informed by facts. The Human Rights Watch have issued a table (attached) in which the numbers of Americans killed by other humans is…
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DIAKONIA STATEMENT ON OUTCOME OF STATE CAPTURE REPORT INTERDICT

Diakonia Council of Churches welcomes the resolution of the “State Capture Report” case, in which the President, Mr Jacob Zuma voluntarily withdrew his interdict thus resolving the matter in a speedy manner. We also welcome the decision of the NPA announced on Monday 31 October to withdraw the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, charges…
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‘CHURCH VITAL FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS’ – MASHININI

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) cannot manage peaceful free and fair elections on its own without the involvement of religious leaders and other civil society organisations. IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, said this while addressing worshippers, among them religious leaders and  representatives of political parties, during a prayer service for peaceful, free and fair elections, organised…
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QUEST FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

With 13 000 candidates against the slightly less than 2 000 council seats up for grabs in the province for the August local government elections, competition is 'huge and serious'. This was said by the KwaZulu-Natal Chief Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery while addressing a pre-election roundtable organised by Diakonia Council of Churches, on 21 June.…
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