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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 …
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Bishop Merwyn Warns on Breede River Valley Uprising

Bishop Merwyn has called for mediation and political support for oppressed people in rural communities.

In a letter to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on November 16, he said that “unless the underlying causes [of recent uprisings in the Breede Valley] are comprehensively dealt with, the anger and resentment may result in more bitterness and the loss of more lives.”

Read Bishop Merwyn’s letter to Premier Helen Zille.