n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Editorial

Volume 43, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This edition of goes to print at a critical historical juncture in South Africa, as well as our Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Faith communities and various civil rights movements, unions and political groupings are meeting at different times for discernment on the way forward. However, a key dimension to this journey of discernment, is remembrance. On the one hand, these communities remember the Marikana massacre on a koppie ["little hill"], close to the powerful Lonmin mine on 16 August 2012, as well as the killings that preceded this dark day. Some social commentators, like Tinyiko Maluleke consider this atrocity to be due to a failure of leadership. He concluded his reflections in a weekly newspaper, "The Marikana massacre is not about the commissions of a Mpembe here, a Mbobo there and a Phiyega elsewhere. It is not about public order policing or first aid skills. The Marikana massacre is about a fundamental failure of leadership from the lowest to the highest echelons of our leadership structures, starting with the labour movements, the mining houses and our instruments of democratic administration as well as a blatant shirking of political accountability at the highest levels" (, 3 July 2015). Addressing this "failure of leadership" and "blatant shirking of political accountability" should indeed be very high on the agenda of scholars, faith communities and all individuals concerned with transforming mission.

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