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ELLISPARK – According to Gwede Mantashe, the church has a responsibility to pray for peace and stability in the country.


The minister in the Department of Mineral Resources and national chairperson of the ANC Gwede Mantashe has pleaded to members of the church to pray for the democratic government and for the forthcoming general elections.

He was addressing members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God who attended the church’s Amandla Ngawethu Good Friday annual event at Ellispark Stadium. Mantashe said the church has a responsibility to pray for peace and stability in the country.

Bishop Hermano, bishop Oscar Hlatshwayo, Gwede Mantashe and bishop Marcelo Pires. Photo: Nduduzo Nxumalo

“Our country will go to the polls on 8 May this year and it is during this period that intolerance among members of political parties grows to the point of violence. We urge you to pray for our country and our government,”

“Our democratic government have in the past 25 years worked hard to unite our people. This is the government that has a responsibility to build houses, roads and deliver service delivery to the people. Your prayers will not only help the country achieve peace and stability but also help in ensuring that our government delivers from its promises,” Mantashe said.

Gwede Mantashe address church members during the Good Friday service at Ellispark Stadium. Photo: Nduduzo Nxumalo

Bishop Marcelo Pires, who is responsible for the evangelism work of the church in Africa, appealed to the members of his church not to contaminate their minds and their hearts with poisonous thoughts.

“The only thing that will keep you and the country moving nowhere is to keep poisonous thoughts in your minds. The biggest blessing will receive here today will be to let go of grudges, hatred and jealousy. When you go out of this place you must start practising righteousness towards everyone regardless of their age, race or level of their education,” he said.

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