Training of Pastoral Agents in Tzaneen – Limpopo

There is a need to marshal every resource available to combat xenophobia and to bring politics in line with ethics. The value of the South African Constitution should also inform praxis to include dialogue, integration, participation, equality and freedom.

On the political front there is, in fact, a bifurcation, a split between the ideals of the Constitution and political rhetoric. One clear example is the insertion into the report of the annual crime statistics of a new category detailing crimes and arrests of foreign nationals. This appears to be a technique to further scapegoating foreigners especially those from Africa. These types of comments and practises undermine the Constitution and the progressive nature of the foundational legislation. Furthermore, the ‘political shift’ of the Department of Home Affairs from the social development cluster to the security cluster is indicative of where policy and legislation are heading. The underlying thinking of all foreigners as a threat to national security needs to be corrected by Catholic Social Teaching values. There are, in fact, few other resources or ‘world views’ that offer different nuances to the dominant narrative and therefore the faith narrative deserves greater publicity.

Objectives of the intervention
1. To foster the understanding of migration issues in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and social teachings of the Catholic Church on human mobility;
2. To forge more coordination and cooperation among faith-based and civil society organizations in upholding the rights and empowerment of migrants;
3. To build the capacities of religious workers and laypersons towards a specialized assistance to migrants in different local communities;

Tags: human mobility    Limpopo    South Africa    training