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ANC confirms Chaplain General, Vukile Mehana will not officiate at January 8 celebrations

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The ANC has confirmed in a press statement that it will be pulling its Chaplain General, Rev Vukile Mehana out of its January 8th celebrations, scheduled to take place in Durban, next week.

This decision was taken following the leak of recordings of the reverend in conversation with fellow Methodist, Raymond Sibanga, expressing their views on women in their congregation.

The conversation was a private one, but the men can be heard stating that women were not suitable to be priests and that their genders made them incapable of fulfilling the role.  The recordings were then allegedly leaked by Sibanga, who has apologised on various media platforms.

Meanwhile, the ANC, through acting spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said: “ The ANC has noted with disappointment the utterances attributed to Rev. Vukile Mehana, Chaplain General of the ANC. The leadership of the ANC has spoken to both the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of South Africa, Bishop Zipho Siwa and Rev. Mehana.”

“The Methodist Church appealed for space to deal with this matter internally. However, Bishop Siwa has agreed that Rev. Mehana will not officiate at the January 8th celebrations planned for next week in Durban.”

Devina Haripersad

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