JHB mayor wants to strengthen relationship with religious leaders

He says the aim is to mobilise the religious sector to identify & participate in the city’s initiatives.

Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Parks Tau. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says he wants to strengthen his relationship with religious leaders to benefit residents of the city.

Tau was speaking at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani this afternoon where dozens of church-goers and priests from different religious backgrounds gathered to meet him.

Tau says the aim of today's dialogue is to mobilise the religious sector to identify and participate in the city's initiatives.

The mayor says it is also to promote social cohesion, which will play a significant role in creating caring communities.

"The city has a long based relationship with faith based leaders and this workshop is intended to identify programmes of joint implementation

He started his address by explaining to the churches why the CRL Rights Commission investigated a few pastors, after they fed members of their congregation grass, snakes and made them drink petrol.

Tau explained that this was not to disrespect the church but rather to protect people's rights and to probe the commercialisation of churches along with and questionable practices.