Bishop A. Gabuza
SACBC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION URGES THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO APPEAL HIGH COURT RULING ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.
Bishop Gabuza, the chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has urged the government not to appeal the court’s ruling ordering the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the international criminal court.
Today, a Pretoria high court judge has declared invalid the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
“We are happy with the court ruling on the matter. We reiterate our appeal to the government to remain within ICC until such a time that Africa has developed an effective regional court with the capacity and will to demand accountability of all state officials and leaders, particularly the serving heads of governments.”
Bishop Gabuza has said that, instead of spending resources to appeal the court ruling on the matter, the government should spend its resources and efforts “to mobilize other African countries and ensure that sufficient number of member states ratify the Malabo Court Protocol so that it soon enters into force for the establishment of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights.”
South African government should also ensure that such a regional court has jurisdiction over serving heads of state or senior state officials.
Last year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced that the country had initiated the process of withdrawing from the ICC last year, citing bias against African nations.
Bishop Gabuza has said that it is also important for the South African government and other members of African Union to use their regional bloc advantage to ensure that their repeated calls for reforms are urgently and effectively addressed.
“Such reforms should, among other things, include the shift in prosecutorial policy of the ICC and the withdrawal of UNSC’s referral and deferral powers so that they are conferred either to the Assembly of States Parties or the UN General Assembly.”
Bishop Abel Gabuza.
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Bishop A. Gabuza
SACBC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION CALLS FOR CALM AHEAD OF THE PLANNED PRETORIA MARCH AGAINST FOREIGNERS ON FRIDAY
Bishop Gabuza, the chairperson of Justice and Peace Commission, has called for calm and restraint amid fears that the planned march against foreign presence in Pretoria on Friday could spark xenophobic attacks. Read the rest of Catholic Bishops Calls for Calm Ahead of Pretoria March Against Foreigners »
Bishop A. Gabuza
SACBC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION CALLS FOR A MORE EFFECTIVE REGULATION OF BANKS
Bishop Gabuza, the chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has called on the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance to consider further regulation of banks if the banks are found guilty of collusion by the competition tribunal. Read the rest of SACBC Calls For More Effective Regulation of SA Banks »
Sr Phuthunywa Siyali
DEPARTMENT FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION, LITURGY AND CULTURE
COMMISSION FOR LITURGY
SACBC – TRANSLATORS’ WORKSHOP
The SACBC Department of Christian Formation, Liturgy and Culture would like inform you that on the 08t – 10th March 2017, there will be SACBC Translators’ Workshop for the following Language Pastoral Regions: Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, Xitsonga, TshiVenda, isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiSwati and Afrikaans Region.
The workshop will be conducted at Lumko Institute in Benoni – Johannesburg. It will start on the 8th March with afternoon tea and ends with breakfast on the 10th March 2017.
The workshop is meant for all Translators of Liturgical Texts, Catechesis, including other translations from English to Local Languages.
The purpose of this workshop is to evaluate and assess the quality of translation in our SACBC region. It is also meant to empower translators with new translation skills and also help them on how to draw up a lexicon that is consistent with other liturgical books.
The workshop of this kind is normally organized annually by SACBC Department of Christian Formation, Liturgy and Culture. It is meant to monitor the quality of translation and promote consistency with other texts that have been translated before.
According to Sr Phuthunywa Siyali, the SACBC Coordinator for Liturgy, it is very important that proper translation should be done because the translated materials are used by many people. She also emphasises that it is good to be theologically correct and sound during translation of material to avoid misleading people of God.
For more information contact: Sr Phuthunywa: 0123236458/ 072 855 2206.
By Paul Tatu (SACBC Communication Officer).