n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Doing Prophetic Theology between God and the monarchy in Swaziland : the legacy of Joshua Bhekinkosi Mzizi

Volume 36, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The article examines Mzizi's work as a Liberation Theologian, activist-intellectual and prophet. Emphasis is placed on this radical intellectual's decision to be critical of the Church and its subservient relationship with the monarchy and his attempt to expose the untruthful claims of the system of religion, especially Christianity, as its foundation. It is demonstrated that Mzizi responded creatively and prophetically to the ambiguous and pathological role that is played by the Church in the struggle for a democratic Swaziland. His unprecedented critical analysis of the three forms of Churches - the apolitical evangelicals, the pro-monarchy Zionists and the ambiguous mainline churches - is analysed and appraised in the article. His ability to bring into dialogue Human Rights and Liberation Theology is examined together with his critical exposition of Somhloloism, the Swazi view of Church-State relations.

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