Mediation was set up by the Equality Court (Chatsworth District) between Reverend Llewelyn Joseph of Revival Ministries and the South African Dharma Sabha and brought it to a satisfactory reconciliation.
The Dharma Sabha put forward this case in 2020, supported by Indian Spice reporting and its own complaint, when statements made by Rev Joseph alleged that Kavady was a time when ‘that curse or those spirits are working in and through your home’.
Both parties submitted to the Court that their religion support the nature of this mediation and peaceful settlement. Hinduism asserts that all religions are to be respected, intolerance not tolerated, forgiveness must be earned and apologies sincere; in turn, Christ exemplifies peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Rev Joseph apologised unreservedly for his remarks, albeit taken out of context and professed great respect for the Hindu community as well as Mr Maharaj of the Sabha. He is required to publish an apology on various media channels.
Naufal Khan, the recently deceased founder of Indian Spice, and his legal team was instrumental in bringing this matter to the attention of the public as well as the court. We believe the outcome of reconciliation would have been greatly appreciated by him.