Anti-Femicide Campaign (launched in Regina Mundi in 2017)
The latest police statistics reveal that 63 women have been killed in 30 days. There may well be many others who have quietly been disposed of under similar circumstances. This act of barbarism has sent shockwaves through our society. Public protest marches are indicative of the shock and anger that has erupted in our communities across race and colour, young and old, men and women.
As custodian of morality and ethics, the Moral Regeneration Movement wanted to raise its voice in condemning these acts.
Anti-Femicide Campaign Objectives
- The Imbizo was a launching pad intended to mobilisecivil society and government to embark on a sustainable campaign.
- To raise the voice of the MRM against the barbaric killing of women, girls and children.
- To consult and strategise on how best to confront the callous murder of women and girls.
- MRM has already won the support in principle of significant organisationsand sectors, including some departments of government. We expect to go public in the near future.
The MRM called for a Theology Colloquium to deliberate and discuss the role of theologians in nation building should be.
This was born out of a concern for what some perceived to be the “muted voice” of theologians in the face of the deep moral crisis facing the country, i.e. rampant crime, systemic corruption, conspicuous consumption, femicide, a disempowering education system, intraparty murderous factionism, and dehumanising poverty when people were expecting theologians to make their voices heard.
As Father Mkhatshwa put it, it was quite possible that many pastors, reverends and priests had done sterling work in their individual capacities within their churches. The concern, however, was the silence of the theologian’s collective voice. This provoked a need for discussion in the minds of some theologians who had been involved with the Institute for Contextual Theology; discussions around what has been happening post 1994. These discussions also mapped out what the role of theologians could/should be in the context of rebuilding the nation.
Launched in 2016, iCareweCare is a civil society campaign initiated by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) to encourage communities to protect and take ownership of public property located in their communities. The campaign seeks to educate communities about the negative effects of destroying public property such as schools, hospitals, clinics, recreation facilities, libraries and community centres.
The iCareweCare Campaign ran in the following regions:
City of Tshwane, City of Johannesburg, City of Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng District Municipality (Emfuleni, Lesedi & midvaal) and Westrand District Municipality (Merafong City, Mogale City & rand west City).
The following activities were undertaken in the targeted regions from October 2017 to March 2018:
- Dialogues (small groups, face-to-face interventions)
- Clean-up campaigns
- Signature collection drives
Restructuring the MRM
Restructuring is intended to make the MRM more efficient, effective and truly rooted in the organs of civil society. Government will be the greatest beneficiary when MRM plays the role for which it was instituted. Sometimes it is a matter of pure semantics.
We often read about restructuring the economy, a company or an organisation’s modus operandi. In the case of the Moral Regeneration Movement, restructuring is imperative for two critical reasons. The first reason is that due to lack of resources, the MRM has not adequately honoured the fundamental mandate of the Founding Congress of the MRM in 2002.
That Congress unanimously resolved that the MRM must be led and driven by civil society and supported by government. Over the past thirteen years, however, the reality is that this principle has faced some challenges.
The purpose of the summit was to provide a platform to discuss the issue of land reform, focusing specifically on the ethical aspects of the debate.
The Objectives of the MRM Land and Soil Summit:
- To discuss the moral and ethical implication of the land reform process.
- To provide a broad forum to engage on the centrality of land to human existence.
- Broadening the discussion on land expropriation without compensation.
- To prepare for participation in the parliamentary consultative process.
Nelson Mandela Lecture
The MRM was involved in hosting a series of Nelson Mandela lectures to celebrate the key role that Mandela played in the establishment of the Moral Regeneration Movement, including the critical issues of ethical leadership and clean corporate governance in the public and private sectors. The aim of the lectures was to keep Mandela’s legacy and ideals alive for the benefit of future generations, especially the youth.
Objectives of the Lectures:
- To immortalisethe ethical values that Madiba espoused with a great passion.
- To promote social cohesion in the country through joint remembrance of Madiba.
- To encourage South Africans, and the world, to continue living by Madiba’s values.
- To promote his famous call for the “Reconstruction RDP of the soul.”
- To afford people the opportunity to participate in the social dialogue during this year and beyond.
- To nurture nation building by promoting Madiba’s vision, and the vision considered in the National Development Plan.
- To promote ethical leadership.
- To give the youth and ordinary citizens an opportunity to articulate what Mandela means to them.
Discussions and conversations with experts where the MRM can determine the root cause of problems facing the country.
- A well-informed project leading to the production of intellectual material for the MRM.
The MRM notes the incidents that have been happening around schools in South Africa which are, amongst others, school being closed down because of a lack of social cohesion in the community and amongst parents, young boys being raped during school hours, racism in schools, bullying, drugs and alcohol abuse amongst learners, and learners murdering each other.
As former president of the country, Dr Nelson Mandela said, “(These issues) are an outward form of a diseased social climate which affects all of us.”
Schools Project Outcomes:
- To develop ethical and moral-driven leadership in schools and communities.
- To promote safer schools by highlighting school safety in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Police Services.
- To get community leaders and structures to address social issues facing school and communities.
- To use the Charter of Positive Values and the Bill of Rights to address abuse of any kind, racism and xenophobia in schools and the community.
Report Back Summit
This project entails reporting back to the nation on the work of the MRM since its launch. It is a forum for dialogue that fosters social cohesion, undermines stereotypes and reflects on the role of the family, leadership, religion, education and media.
The report aims to provide a situational analysis of moral challenges.
- Report back on the work of the MRM since its launch in April 2002.
- Presentation of Papers relevant to the work of the MRM.
- The MRM founding principles and how to ensure their effective implementation.
- Recommitment to the Charter of Positive Values.
- Unveiling of the MRM logo, brand identity and culture.
The #fees must fall student movement showed that students can come together to fight for one goal, however, the violence that followed the campaign highlighted the need for ethically driven leadership amongst students and in institutions of higher learning.
The issues of rape highlighted in Rhodes University are some of the challenges that students continue to face in institutions of higher learning.
Education Summit Outcomes:
- To develop ethical and morally-driven leadership in institutions of higher learning and communities.
- To have each university adopt the Charter of Positive Values.
The public lectures project is aimed at celebrating the key role that prominent people in our country played in the establishment of the Moral Regeneration Movement.
Public Lectures Outcomes:
- To gain an in-depth understanding of challenges facing the country.
- To engage scholars on ideas in which the MRM can achieve moral renewal.
- To celebrate the lives of people who have modelled the ethics and values of our country.
The MRM Communication Programme
Creation of the MRM billboards, radio adverts and an MRM short film to communicate the different values of the Charter.
Communication Programme Outcomes:
- The public profile of MRM will be greatly enhanced.
- We will raise awareness regarding the work we do.