2 July 2021Condolence MessageFrom the desk of the General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has been saddened at the news ofthe passing of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, lovingly nicknamed KK – the first democraticallyelected 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 theOrganisation of African Unity), and he stood firmly in advancing Pan-Africanismideology. He opened the boarders of his country to South Africans from the AfricanNational Congress (ANC) who sought refuge in Lusaka during the apartheidstruggle, 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 fightagainst 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 builtwhat would become a life-time bond with Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu.Dr Kaunda assumed the role of trusted statesman, serving as a mediator and elderin the resolution of many African conflicts, and ensuring the vision of a free andunited 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 hisdedication 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.—ENDS—
Media enquiries:Khuthalani KhumaloSACC Communications ConsultantSouth African Council of ChurchesTel: 084 074 1285 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout SACCThe South African Council of Churches (SACC) is an ecumenical association of affiliatedChristian Churches, and blocks of churches such as The Evangelical Alliance and theCouncil of African Independent Churches, and the International Federation of ChristianChurches, with a mandate to lead common Christian action that works for moral witness inSouth Africa. SACC does not exist for the propagation and the advancement of its doctrinalposition, but is the place where our diverse interpretations of our faith come together inaction for social justice. It therefore seeks to achieve a visible, just socio-economic andecological impact, enabled through engaged churches-in-community for a reconciled SouthAfrica and our sub-continent.