21 October 2016

South Africa: Holy Trinity Catholic Church - No Peace, No Space


The aggressive disruption of Wednesday's meeting of the #WitsPeaceAccord at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein was not just another failed meeting. It was not just another lost opportunity to take a step towards some sort of way forward for the crisis Wits University finds itself in. It was not just another affirmation of how volatile and fractured the Wits community is. It was a moment in time in which the very DNA of the church was violated. It was a moment when an age-old tradition was rejected. It was an iconic moment in which everyone lost. If it cannot be a peaceful space where sanctuary and dialogue are respected, it cannot be a space for meetings either. By RUSSELL POLLITT.

A group of missionaries accompanied people from present-day KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg in the mid 1890s. The rush was on: get to Jo'burg and you might find your golden fortune - not dissimilar to many people today who have migrated to Jo'burg looking for a better life. The missionaries set up shop in present-day Braamfontein and the parish community of Holy Trinity was born.

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