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Prayer service for peaceful elections

A special prayer session was held for a free and safe election day.

Mamelodi church groups and police held a prayer service for peace ahead of the upcoming elections set for May 29.

The prayer session, which saw pastors from different churches, communities, and law enforcement agencies gathered at Mamelodi West Community Hall last Thursday.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Daphney Maila said, “We gathered together at the community hall with a common goal to achieve during the elections”.

She said the vision is to have peaceful elections in Mamelodi, regional, provincial, and national.

“We have invited the Mamelodi Interdenominational Evangelical Ministers fraternal to host a prayer for safe and peaceful elections,” said Maila.

“We are gathered together with residents of Mamelodi and stakeholders for divine guidance for safe, peaceful, and ethical elections.”

Colonel Simon Makgopa said the purpose of the event was to encourage safety and free elections.

Makgopa said that the 1994 elections brought a sense of terror to the citizens, but through prayer, all went well.

He added that police are not affiliated with any political party and will be available to ensure that South Africans practice their political rights in free and fair elections.

Councillor Shiba Madonsela of Mamelodi Ward 67 appreciated the police service prayer programme.

Pastor Joseph Magudulela of Jesus is King Church said they prayed for peace and read the scripture in Exodus 10:13–19 and Proverbs 25:23.

“This is a special prayer, not [only] for Mamelodi residents, but for the whole country,” he said.

Magudulela implored the congregation to pray in the form of four categories.

He said they were praying for the voters to come in their numbers and vote freely.

Maila added that the atmosphere was full of energy, and members of the community got no satisfaction from a single prayer session.

“The IEC also ensured that they would take the country to safe elections.

The voters were reminded that their votes are secret.”

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