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Gauteng faith based organisations pledge for peace ahead of LGE 2016

Gauteng faith based organisations have pledged for peace ahead of the local elections at a prayer session in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

Various faith based organisations convened at the Lucas Moripe Stadium where they united in prayer for the country at an event organised by the Gauteng provincial government.

The prayer gathering comes weeks after violent protests in Tshwane left five people dead after tensions over mayoral candidates.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says different faiths praying together shows that next month’s local government elections will be peaceful:

“We love our country. This is a beautiful country where all our people regardless of their faith, all the religious leaders come together and say we can pray together. For if we can’t pray when we all believe how can we keep our people together. So, we came together today in our diversity to say there shall be peaceful elections on the 3rd of August in South Africa.”

Tshwane’s incumbent mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa echoed the same sentiments:

“The absence of the Lord will undermine all of our efforts to building communities and that’s why here in Tshwane we are donating pieces of land for free to all churches, to all denominations so that they can propagate the word of the Lord.”

White doves were set free to symbolise peace.

 

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