Mass prayer for PMB

2016-07-25 11:32
Thousands of Pietermaritzburg residents gathered outside the city hall on Saturday morning in mass prayer for peace in the city ahead of local government elections.

Thousands of Pietermaritzburg residents gathered outside the city hall on Saturday morning in mass prayer for peace in the city ahead of local government elections. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Hundreds of Pietermaritzburg residents carried wooden crosses and held hands as they gathered at the city hall on Saturday to pray for peace in the capital during election time.

With wooden crosses and South African flags raised high, residents from across the city marched from Brookside Mall to the city hall.

Flanked by police from Loop Street and Mountain Rise, municipal traffic officers and the Combined Action Team (CAT), residents of all races, ages and cultures gathered at the Brookside Mall early on Saturday morning.

Marchers with bright flags and T-shirts reading “pray for our city” listened as church leaders from different denominations spoke at city hall, asking for rain and peace within the city.

City Church’s Dave Peters addressed the crowd and said the meeting was “divine intervention”.

He then called on Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela to speak to the masses.

“Chris has a great heart of love,” said Peters.

Ndlela, who was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers, said that he thanked the leaders for the march and thanked the citizens of Pietermaritzburg for attending.

“We have come, we have seen and I think we have conquered,” the mayor said.

“This would not be possible without God and your support has been phenomenal,” he told the crowd.

“Moving forward, we ask that the Lord is with our city, with our residents, tourists, businesses and the city employees.

“We appeal to all to support the incoming leadership. It is a lot of hard work, however, colleagues that will be taking positions of leadership will be up to the task.

“The city has huge potential, help us to unleash it,” he said.

Paster Neville Sewllall closed the gathering in prayer.

Pietermaritzburg resident Tracey Pillay said that the march was “vitally important” as it united the city in prayer and peace.

Allandale resident Pinky Subbigadu said the march would have a positive effect on the upcoming elections and that gatherings such as Saturday’s event should happen more often as they united the city.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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