The KwaZulu-Natal government has declared June as prayer month. This as the province continues to be plagued by high levels of violent crimes and political killings.
More than 80 political leaders have been killed since 2011, most of them from the African National Congress (ANC).
Very few have been arrested, prosecuted and convicted for these crimes. Violent hijackings are also on the rise. The death of nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj during a botched hijacking incident in Durban is just one of them.
Now the premier of the province has turned to divine intervention.
He wants the KZN citizens to pray for a lasting solution.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu says: “Put together these incidents have the potential to steer us away from achieving a prosperous province with a healthy secure and skilled population living in dignity and harmony and acting as a gateway to Africa and the world. Therefore as we meet with the faith based community and civil society today we are asking you to join us in addressing the above challenges. We have chosen prayer because we believe in its power.”
Religious leaders from different faith based organisation have been roped in.
President of SA Hindu Maha Sabha Ashwin Trikamjee says: “Honourable premier as a member of the religious community, I can assure you that that we will do everything we can to deal with the problem and we will always be there at the call of yourself and the government.”
Archbishop SBB Ngcamu of the Christian faith says: “The KZN month of prayer is fully supported. It will even go beyond until Jesus comes. We are committing ourselves to pray for this situation for 12 months.”
Moulana Olgar Moosa of the Muslim faith says: “I pray to almighty again that Allah gives us peace in this province. Allah gives us peace in this country and create love and unity amongst us.”
Prayer gatherings will be held across the province throughout the month.
Culminating to the main event planned for the 6th of July in the Ugu district on KZN south coast.