A Samaritan in Soweto

 1verrynweb_530_317_90When Wiinnie Mandela was charged with being an accessory to the kidnapping of four boys, her defence team accused a white priest of pederasty. She was convicted. Since the trial, Paul Verryn has been building his life.

"It's 9pm on a hot Soweto night and Methodist minister Paul Verryn is visiting a squatter community on the outskirts of the township. He goes to each tin shack in turn, meeting the people, hearing their complaints. They lost all their possessions when they fled from the conflict elsewhere in the township. One young woman greets him joyfully: I know you. I was a marshall at Winnie Mandela's trail and I know you from the church.'

The Mandela trial. Verryn is more than tired of the subject but it won't go away. The trial as well as the years of accusation that he sexually molested young boys at the Methodist manse in Orlando West, continue to haunt him. He is still pestered by journalists, plagued by memories, dogged by other people's doubts." More...

Photographs, December 1991

This photoessay was published in Millennium magazine in 1992.

Listening for the name of the baby to be baptised, Orlando North congregation
Listening for the name of the baby to be baptised, Orlando North congregation

Listening for the name of the baby to be baptised, Orlando North congregation
Leadership article
Ordination of deacons in a sister church, Soweto
Preparing Christmas Day sermon
Communion with 'shut-ins', Soweto
Preparing communion
Church held in a school room, Orlando North
Meeting with shack-dwellers in Alexandra township
Discussing plans for new church
With youth leader at the Soweto manse
With friend, Ruth Eastwood
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