2 July 2021
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 borders of his country to South Africans from African. National Congress (ANC) 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 lifetime 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.
SACC Communications Consultant
South African Council of Churches
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