The African National Congress has issued a statement distancing the organisation from patriachal, chauvinist and probably misogynistic utterances attributed to one of its chaplains, Rev Vukile Mehana, whose voice note was shared widely on social media and drew the ire of gender activists.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the party confirmed that Mehana would not be allowed to officiate at its annual January 8 statement rally to be held in Durban at the Moses Mabida stadium. The full statement is posted below.
For Immediate Release
02 January 2019
ANC STATEMENT ON COMMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO ITS CHAPLAIN GENERAL REV MEHANA
The ANC has noted with disappointment the utterances attributed to Rev. Vukile Mahana, 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.
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