Delmas residents pray for peace

2012-06-22 10:36
Residents of Delmas, Mpumalanga, pray for a better future after the double-murder of 5-month-old Wiehan Botes and his day mother, Margrietha de Goede. (Franco Megannon, Beeld)

Residents of Delmas, Mpumalanga, pray for a better future after the double-murder of 5-month-old Wiehan Botes and his day mother, Margrietha de Goede. (Franco Megannon, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Around 250 residents of Delmas of all races joined hands in the town's main road on Thursday to pray for a better future, Beeld reported on Friday.

The prayer meeting was organised after the May 23 murders of 66-year-old Margrietha de Goede and 5-month-old baby Wiehan Botes, and a recent protest by rightwingers in the town.

On Thursday, Eva Makhabane, mayor of the Victor Khanye municipal district, said the rightwingers "were not Delmas's people".

The true community of Delmas, she said, was the one that joined hands and prayed that the town would be known in future as a place of love and prosperity.

Makhabane and the religious ministers in the town organised the prayer chain in the main road.

Where rightwingers had burned a national flag, a new one was hoisted, while black and white people sang the national anthem.

The mayor and the ministers read a joint statement, in which they condemned violent crime on behalf of the community, and made a commitment to reconciliation, justice, equality and peace.

Read more on:    margrietha de goede  |  wiehan botes  |  mbombela

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