Meeting with Political Parties

by Daniela Ellerbeck
15 June 2017

FOR SA is involved in a process to meet key members from various political parties to inform them on the challenges to freedom of religion in South Africa.

FOR SA recognizes that in many cases it is Parliament that initiates or amends laws that have the potential to erode our rights to enjoy freedom of religion.  While in some cases this may be deliberate, in others it is possible that the drafters of legislation do not fully appreciate the potentially adverse consequences to freedom of religion that some laws may entail, particularly when used by activists who oppose Christian values.

Part of our strategy is to meet with political parties and their leadership to inform and advise them concerning the current threats to freedom of religion.  To this end, FOR SA meets with the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) on a regular basis and this month we met with the caucus of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA), to engage on these issues and to open dialogue.  We also have requests in the pipeline to meet with the African National Congress (ANC) and others.  We believe that it is more strategic to do what we can, to influence policy than to deal with the consequences once laws have been passed.

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Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) is dedicated to protecting and preserving the freedoms and rights that the South African Constitution has granted to the faith community. You can help FOR SA protect our freedom by:

  • Praying for us as we defend this precious freedom before government and courts of law;
  • Signing up (at no cost) to FOR SA at and subscribing to our Newsletter;
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  • Informing us, should you become aware of any case in which religious freedom is threatened;
  • Making a financial contribution to FOR SA at As a non-profit organisation, we are entirely dependent upon God’s grace for finances. Your generosity will help make a significant difference as we work to fulfil our mission to keep the Gospel free by advocating for religious freedom. We appreciate every gift, big or small!




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