anglicanchurchWeekend Argus reports that the Anglican Church of Southern Africa faces a civil action of over R4 million from one of its former priests.  

Reverend June Major is suing for alleged financial loss, impairment to her dignity and emotional stress, allegedly as a result of a job she applied for in Australia and then did not get.  She has blamed the church’s failure to provide important “information timeously” to the Diocese of Wangaratta, for her inability to secure the job.  Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba (the head of the church in SA), the Bishop of Table Bay Bishop Garth Counsell and the Diocese of Cape Town are also cited as defendants in the lawsuit.  The action will apparently be defended.  In 2015, Major applied for and was accepted for a two-year contract in the Diocese of Wangaratta, which requested a report of service directly from Makgoba, who in turn forwarded the request to Counsell.  Niether party apparently provided the report.  As a result, Major could not get a temporary working visa and was later informed that the position was no longer available as it had been filled.

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