Oudtshoorn, 27 July 2016 – The administrator of the greater Oudtshoorn, Mr. Kam Chetty has humbled himself and apologized for the abused trust placed in the Municipality by the citizens of Oudtshoorn when delivering his confession and repentance during a day of Abasement event organized by the local ministers recently.
Flanked by local religious leaders Chetty told the fully packed de Jager Sport Complex on Sunday, 24 July that the evil forces of divisions and mismanagement destroyed our united fellowship and shattered our social cohesion that defined our humanity.
Oudtshoorn Municipality which is facing finance and service delivery difficulties has been placed under administration in terms of section 139 of the Constitution since August 2015. The town is now exerting all efforts to place Oudtshoorn on a sustainable footing which will result in an effective and efficient Municipality that is financially stable and provide services to the community on a sustainable basis.
“The main question is,” Chetty asked. “Do we have the humility once again to become the servants of God and humanity? We all know that things went astray in this municipality and that led to dysfunctionality.”
“I humbly ask today - all of you as well as God in the presence of God, for your forgiveness for abusing your trust and your confidence. That’s the first step towards the healing of our town,” he pleaded.
“On the eve of our elections, we pray for God’s guidance in restoring confidence and healing our land and indeed our town.
The Day of Abasement commenced with a march from Rosebank to de Jager Sports Complex. A praise and worship team comprised of members of various denominations continuously rejuvenated the attendees that came from all corners of the Greater Oudtshoorn and some from neighbouring towns of Dysselsdorp, De Rust and George throughout the programme.
Meanwhile, children read several scriptures in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa while spiritual leaders declared commitment, prayed and interceded for issued such as oneness, protection of the town; local government Elections, moral fibre of the society, Oudtshoorn economic growth, service delivery and God as Lord for all.
This event stemmed from an initiative of spiritual leaders committed, to the Administrator and the Municipality as part of the intervention process. A group of religious leaders from all various parts of Oudtshoorn gathered in April this year to find ways to support the Municipality. Mr. Kam Chetty, believing that the Religious sector is an important component of the Oudtshoorn society and that this sector has a critical role to play in building social cohesion as well as supporting our initiatives of addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality.
The chairperson of the spiritual leaders’ steering committee Pastor Willie Coetzee thanked everyone who supported the event. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody on behalf of the Oudtshoorn Municipality; if you have participated or given assistance in any way for the Day of Abasement".
“The Municipality and the Body of Religious Leaders reflected a spirit of Oneness that paves the way forward to heal our Town and be blessed again. An offering was taken up on that day for charity and an amount of R7884 – 55 and was paid in to the account of House Triomf a child welfare shelter in Oudtshoorn.
“The religious leaders will come together on Sunday morning at 5:30am for one hour starting this coming Sunday at a central location for the start: At Docks Mission on the corner of Rossouw and Coetzee street in Bridgton for the next 4 weeks and will be rotated to a next venue that will be announced in the media. Everybody is welcome to attend and let us unite our town and be blessed again as the people of Oneness,” Coetzee concluded.Last published 28 July 2016