The SACC is an instrument and servant of its members.

2 July 2021
Condolence Message
From the desk of the General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has been saddened at the news of
the passing of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, lovingly nicknamed KK – the first democratically
elected president of Zambia who passed away at the age of 97.
Dr Kaunda was one of the founding fathers of the African Union (then known as the
Organisation of African Unity), and he stood firmly in advancing Pan-Africanism
ideology. He opened the boarders of his country to South Africans from the African
National Congress (ANC) who sought refuge in Lusaka during the apartheid
struggle, effectively creating a home away from home for many liberation fighters.
This support was extended to the SACC, which at the time, was active in the fight
against apartheid. This support stemmed from KK’s love and passion for the Church,
which was visible throughout his public life. It was during these days where KK built
what would become a life-time bond with Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu.
Dr Kaunda assumed the role of trusted statesman, serving as a mediator and elder
in the resolution of many African conflicts, and ensuring the vision of a free and
united Africa was carried to the next generation of African leaders.
May the legacy of his unfailing love of Africa, his faith and love of the Church, and his
dedication to the cause of Pan-Africanism live on.
On the occasion of his funeral we say, lala umutende, Shikulu!
May he rest in eternal peace.

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Khuthalani Khumalo
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South African Council of Churches
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About SACC
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is an ecumenical association of affiliated
Christian Churches, and blocks of churches such as The Evangelical Alliance and the
Council of African Independent Churches, and the International Federation of Christian
Churches, with a mandate to lead common Christian action that works for moral witness in
South Africa. SACC does not exist for the propagation and the advancement of its doctrinal
position, but is the place where our diverse interpretations of our faith come together in
action for social justice. It therefore seeks to achieve a visible, just socio-economic and
ecological impact, enabled through engaged churches-in-community for a reconciled South
Africa and our sub-continent.