White people urged to join fight against racism

A church in Pretoria believes white people should support Black Lives Matter. People gathered there this morning to call on others to do the same.  The demonstration follows the deaths of Collins Khosa in South Africa and George Floyd in the US. eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports. Courtesy #DStv403

PRETORIA - Police brutality and racism has again been highlighted across the globe and South Africa isn't immune to such incidents.

A Church in Pretoria believes white people should support Black Lives Matter.

People gathered there on Saturday morning to call on others to do the same.

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The demonstration follows the deaths of Collins Khosa in South Africa and Georg Floyd in the US.

A church leader has called on white people to take a stand.

“It’s not good enough for people to stand and say racism is wrong, but they have to stand up within their communities and say racism is wrong. So today I have invited 50 white people to come and say Black Lives Matter. And it is time white people stand up against racism in their white communities,” said Pastor Immanuel Landman from Elim Full Gospel Church.

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It was a small gathering but those in attendance want more people to join.

While the gathering doesn’t compare to the thousands protesting elsewhere in the world, the message is the same.

The deaths of Khosa and George has focused the world’s attention on racism and police brutality.

Pastor Immanuel has challenged other churches and white religious leaders’ congregations, in particular, to lead reconciliation in South Africa.

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