Cape Town - The people of the Western Cape need to "liberate" themselves, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.
The Western Cape was an "unfortunate" province, he said at the end of what was billed as a mass prayer meeting in the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town.
Speaking mainly in Xhosa, Zuma said this was because one continuously heard a voice saying everything was fine in the Western Cape.
However, when one went to the predominantly black areas, one could see the problems.
Therefore, the people of the Western Cape had to "liberate" themselves, because there did not seem to be a programme to cater for the black population, he said.
Zuma was responding to prayers offered by various clergy for, among others, himself, South Africa, stability during the election period, and challenges facing democracy in the country.
Zuma and the clergymen and women were cheered and applauded by the large crowd, mostly clad in African National Congress T-shirts or colours.
At one stage part of the crowd at the back of the hall began streaming hurriedly outside for no apparent reason, threatening to disrupt proceedings.
This was apparently caused by a false rumour that free T-shirts were being handed out outside the hall.Have you taken News24's Know Your Party quiz? Give it a try.