Cape Town - Reverend Vukile Charles Mehana has issued a heartfelt apology and asked for forgiveness for the "derogatory and demeaning" comments he made to Mr Raymond Sibanga in a private conversation which has since been leaked.
Mehana, in a statement, said he regrets making such utterances and respectfully retract them.
"I humbly apologise to Rev Nompithizelo Sibhidla, who was disparagingly mentioned in the conversation and I am deeply sorry that her good name has been sullied undeservedly.
"Furthermore, I also apologise unreservedly to all the women ministers in the MCSA whom I have offended, members of the YMG and all people called Methodists.
On Monday, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa distanced itself from the offensive and shocking remarks Mehana made.