Cleric calls for paradigm shift

Shaun Gillham

THE vast disparities between rich and poor in South Africa provide a credible threat to social stability.

This is the view of outspoken cleric, humanitarian and former anti-apartheid activist Bishop Paul Verryn.

Verryn, who has close ties to the Eastern Cape – where he studied, ministered and carried out many of his anti-apartheid activities – addressed a small gathering at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth late yesterday.

He hosted a discussion at the university regarding the Marikana crisis, which was sparked by labour disputes, violent deaths and later a mass police shooting that left more than 34 miners dead and 70 injured at the Lonmin mine at Marikana near Rustenburg in August last year.

Verryn – who commented earlier that South Africa had undergone a transition in which it “changed colour, but not paradigm” – said a new paradigm was needed in how business was conducted in the country.

“Businesses need to realise they must take responsibility for the communities which serve them, their employees who serve them.

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