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PORT SHEPSTONE - There is a growing demand for the church to respond to the socio-political and economical problems in South Africa, the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (MRCC) said on Tuesday.

"We are faced with many-many challenges that are serious and that are life threatening. There is a growing demand for the church intervention in socio-political and economic challenges such as the growing distrust that we have in our political leadership because of the lack of serving the community," MRCC national chairperson, Professor Matsobane Manala, said at the 14th general church assembly of the MRCC in Port Shepstone on Durban's south coast.

"We are faced with pervert sexual activities, we are face with women and child abuse, we are faced with murders, we are faced with unemployment. We are faced with drug abuse," he said, adding that these issues impacted on service delivery.

Manala said the church as a stakeholder in nation building had a responsibility to intervene in issues that were not helping to build the nation.

The general church assembly was expected to give the leadership of the MRCC a mandate to continue talks about unity and co-operation with the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA).

The two churches have started talks on unity and co-operation. They have agreed to enter into a memorandum of agreement but the process in this regard was still unfolding.

The MRCC is a member of the SA Council of Churches (SACC)  and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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African News Agency (ANA)