Council of churches sees itself as key player in transformation

Reverend Frank Chikane says the church needs to resurrect its role of bringing transformation.

Reverend Frank Chikane Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it sees itself as playing a critical role in the transformation as they it did during apartheid.

The SACC is commemorating the June 16 generation at Orlando Stadium in Soweto today where various faith based groups have gathered.

Two controversial apartheid authorities colonel Jan Malan and Louis Gerber have also been invited to speak at today's event.

Hundreds of people marched from the Madibane Secondary School in Soweto symbolising the 1976 students who did not reach Orlando Stadium during that peaceful march on June 16.

Reverend Frank Chikane says the church needs to resurrect its role of bringing transformation.

"My view is that we were involved in the struggle, we got rid of apartheid but the church sort-off backed off and left it to the politicians but politics don't unite people they divide them."

Four candles were also lit symbolising the 40th anniversary of that fatal day in 1976.