• Death of Bishop Sigisbert Ndwandwe

    From Steve Hayes@21:1/5 to All on Tue May 8 04:44:57 2018
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    Johannesburg bishop detained under apartheid dies at 89

    The Right Revd Mfaniseni Sigisbert Ndwandwe, a former Bishop-Suffragan
    of Johannesburg who was detained without trial during the 1980s
    uprising against apartheid, has died in Jouberton in North-West
    Province. He was 89.

    Bishop Ndwandwe was first ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic
    Church and earned the degree of Doctor of Canon Law. After he became
    an Anglican priest, he and the late Bishop Simeon Nkoane were elected
    in 1978 as bishops-suffragan of Johannesburg to assist Bishop Timothy

    At that time, the Diocese of Johannesburg stretched from the Swaziland
    border in the east to the Botswana border and the Diocese of Kimberley
    and Kuruman in the West. Bishop Sigi, as he was fondly known, was
    based in Jouberton and served the western part of the Diocese, while
    Bishop Simeon served the eastern part.

    During the uprising against apartheid which began late in 1984, both
    worked with young anti-apartheid activists in their communities and
    were subjected to attacks by apartheid forces.

    In 1985, they joined Bishop Desmond Tutu, recently enthroned as Bishop
    of Johannesburg, and two dozen other priests in an illegal march to
    police headquarters in Johannesburg in protest against the detention
    of Father Geoff Moselane of Sharpeville. Father Moselane was later
    charged with UDF activists in the Delmas treason trial.

    In April 1986, Bishop Sigi’s house in Jouberton was fire-bombed. In
    response, police arrested him on charges of public violence. They
    released him, only to re-arrest him under the Internal Security Act,
    then strip-searched him in public and detained him without trial for
    99 days on a claim that he had conspired to murder policemen.

    He was later named by the then Archbishop Tutu to a panel of four
    bishops who were appointed to promote peace during the conflict of the
    late 1980s and early 1990s in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Bishop Ndwandwe is survived by his wife, Dorcas, his children, Mbuso,
    Donald and Angie, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His
    funeral service is at 8 am on Friday May 18 at the Diocesan Centre of
    the Diocese of Matlosane.

    Source: https://t.co/QavespWnSN

    Steve Hayes

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