Diakonia service to focus on corruption

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

This year's Diakonia Council of Churches Good Friday service will focus on corruption.

Guest preacher Tinyiko Maluleka is expected to address thousands of congregants at the Durban Exhibition Centre tomorrow.

The theme of the service will be "Crucified by Corruption", as the malady is said to be prevalent in every aspect of our lives and within every stratum of our social order - political, personal, corporate and religious.

"Jesus Christ was crucified by a corrupt political and religious system and died to save us from the corruption in our hearts which is fed by our own greed for power, privilege and prestige. He died to bring life to those most affected by corruption - the poor, the voiceless, the vulnerable and ourselves," said the council.

Over the years, the Good Friday services have been attended by scores of people, who take part in a procession, which winds through the streets of Durban and ends at the steps of the City Hall, with a flowering of the cross.

"The service has become a landmark event in the life of the city and our member churches," the council says.

Meditative singing will commence at 5.15am at the Durban Exhibition Centre, where the first part of the service will take place. The congregation will then proceed through the streets of Durban in silent witness to the presence of God.

The first Diakonia Good Friday service proceeded from the Central Methodist Church to the walls of Durban's Central Prison in 1985. It was to pray for the treason trialists detained there, and the Diakonia Council of Churches has held Good Friday services yearly and civic processions since, each year highlighting a particular aspect of injustice and suffering which Jesus Christ had died for.