Prayer turns into campaign

2013-06-29 00:00

AN ANC-led prayer vigil held at Durban City Hall last night in support of ailing former president Nelson Mandela was used to punt government policy and pledge the support of the interfaith leaders to the party.

Around 150 people made up of predominantly party faithful holding ANC-branded placards with the face of the former president and slogans underneath such as “We love you Comrade Madiba” gathered at the city hall. Religious leaders from the Islamic faith and various Christian denominations, including the Methodists, Nazareth Baptist Church, Anglican, various evangelical churches and the United Congregation Church (of which President Jacob Zuma is a member), took turns to give their support and prayers for Madiba.

Pastor Vusi Dube, leader of the eThekwini Community Church and a provincial legislature member for the ANC, made sure the possibility for electioneering was not lost, pledging the support of all the attending interfaith leaders to the ANC, despite a number of them showing visible discomfort at the comment.

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