Prayer call to halt killing of in­no­cents

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI @Sa­bie_M

THE SOUTH African Union Coun­cil of In­de­pen­dent Churches (SAUCIC) yes­ter­day held a round-table dis­cus­sion at the depart­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in Joburg, high­light­ing the killing of women and chil­dren.

Mem­bers of SAUCIC pleaded with the govern­ment to as­sist them in hav­ing prayer ses­sions across the coun­try fol­low­ing the re­cent at­tacks against women and chil­dren.

The pres­i­dent of SAUCIC, Arch­bishop Modiri Pa­trick Shole, said he was aware of the re­cent marches in the coun­try and he ap­pre­ci­ated them.

He also said the govern­ment should as­sist SAUCIC with fund­ing so that the or­gan­i­sa­tion could go around the coun­try and pray.

Shole said marches were not the only thing that would bring aware­ness to the coun­try, and hav­ing prayer ses­sions would also have an im­pact.

“There is a dark spirit cloud­ing us and we need to pray for our coun­try,” said Shole.

SAUCIC plans to have a meet­ing with Gaut­eng Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane, to­gether with MEC of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Faith Maz­ibuko, to come up with new ways to stop the bru­tal killings of women and chil­dren.

Mem­bers of SAUCIC ap­pre­ci­ated the me­dia cov­er­age of what was hap­pen­ing in the coun­try, high­light­ing the Tues­day march that was led by Nkosi-Malobane which vis­ited the build­ing where a 22-year-old preg­nant woman was raped by 11 men on her way to work last month.

The can­dle­light march was to high­light what took place there and to change the name of the build­ing from “dark place” to Ekukhanyeni (“in the light” in isiZulu).

SAUCIC mem­bers also pleaded with par­ents to pray with their chil­dren at home and to make sure they al­ways knew the where­abouts of their chil­dren.

It was also stated that it was time that churches took a stand and joined forces with the po­lice and com­mu­ni­ties to stamp out vi­o­lence.

SAUCIC mem­bers said they were wor­ried that most of the women who were be­ing bru­tally killed were un­der the age of 30.

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