Helping to fight crime with prayer

2016-11-09 06:01
Pastors and police members join hands in prayer.x

Pastors and police members join hands in prayer.x

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ETHEKWINI Outer South Cluster hosted an annual national prayer day at Ngonyameni, Inwabe sports field recently.

The prayer was aimed at minimising crime in Amanzimtoti, Bhekithemba, Folweni, Isipingo, Kwamakhuta, Umbumbulu, Umkomaas and Umlazi.

The prayers focused on police killings, murder, drug abuse, sexual offences and other major crimes.

Captain Carmen Rhynes, spokesperson for Umlazi SAPS said cluster stations gathered for the day represented by their station commanders.

“Acting cluster commander Brigadier Gerald Sonny Singh, chief of the area Vukani Cele, pastors, Community Police Forums (CPF), SAPS members, SAPS band, community members and the media were at the venue to ensure that their unity and fight against crime would bring success to their prayer.”

Cele was thanked for allowing the event to take place in his area.

“The chief thanked SAPS for the prayer, saying it gives him hope that crime is going to be minimised and was pleased to see police coming directly to his area, which he described as a major stride towards fighting crime in his area,” said Rhynes.

Singh, who spoke on behalf of the cluster, said: “I thank God for His presence at this event and I hope that God has heard our prayer against police killings and to remove crime in our cluster. I am optimistic that crime will minimise. We as the SAPS, will do our very best to fight crime in our Cluster.”

It was said that nowadays the community is not as scared of the police as they were in the old days and the community was asked to work together with the police in fighting crime. The community were also asked to help fight against the killing of the police members.

One speaker said: “There are over two million people living in KwaZulu-Natal, and probably only 20 000 police members to look after this huge area. Who will protect the community if the same police members are killed by the same community members?”

Pastors prayed for various crimes at the end of the occasion.

Warrant Officer Thabede from Bhekithemba SAPS thanked everyone who was there and those who contributed to the success of the event. Communities in the eThekwini Outer South Cluster were hopeful that crime will decrease as they work hand in hand with the SAPS. - Supplied.

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