Bishop Margaret Calls for White Ribbons in Response to Brutal Rape and Murder

In a pastoral response to the rape and death of Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp – a crime that has shocked South Africa, the Right Revd Margaret Vertue, Bishop of False Bay, has called on churches to wrap white ribbons around a candle at services, and even around trees in parishes.

The two-page pastoral letter included this call:

“This Sunday and on Ash Wednesday, please wrap a white ribbon around a candle and at the beginning of the services, pray that the world may be filled with the tenderness of God our Father and that grace, peace and pardon will be poured into all of our hearts. You may even be moved to tie a white ribbon around a tree, to raise community awareness.”