GODLESS: Sylvia Theologo with a portrait of her daughter Kirsty Theologo who was burnt during a satanic ritual. Picture: FATI MOALUSI
Religious organisations and education authorities have joined hands to address the growing problem of satanism and occult practices.
The partnership is working on an anti-harmful religious practices strategy to help in protecting school pupils.
This emerged at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the department of education in Gauteng and faith based organisations in Johannesburg on Monday.
The MoU comes at a time when the country is reeling from the recent killing of Keamogetswe Sefularo from Lukhanyo High School who allegedly died at the hands of satanists.
There are also fears that the number of people, especially the youth dabbling in satanic practices is growing.
In 2011, Kirsty Theologo died after she was burnt in a suspected satanic ritual in Linmeyer, in the south of Johannesburg.
Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said: “We appreciate the response and support of faith – based communities in addressing issues of harmful aspects of religion in our schools. The strategy we are formulating will include the role of parents, teachers and pupils away from experimenting with harmful aspects of the occult and Satanism.”
A hand book has been developed and is being piloted in Randfontein. The MEC also said that Satanism and occultism were being dealt with “when they arise and get reported.” The department said the MoU will also help in tackling issues such as school discipline, teenage pregnancy and spiritual disturbances including Satanism at schools.
Bishop Peter Lee said the partnership would help deal with moral conduct at schools.
“We will use our platforms and pulpits to promote the cause of quality education with our won constituencies. I ask you to think about the hundreds of people whom we address on a weekly basis, in those contexts we try to address the behaviour, the lifestyle and the moral conducts of our adherents”.