Premier asks religious leaders to help fight hunger

2009-09-18 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize urged religious leaders of different denominations to pray for lasting peace in the province.

Speaking during a prayer meeting at Qokololo Stadium in Edendale yesterday, which was organised by the provincial government, Mkhize said the African National Congress is working well with opposition parties.

“For our part I must say that there is an extremely good, peaceful climate inside the KZN legislature, devoid of hostility and acrimony.

“For this I wish to pay tribute to the leader and members of the official opposition, other members as well as members of my caucus.”

Mkhize said there is a desire on the part of the government to foster a spirit of partnership between leaders of different faiths and the government.

This, said the premier, arose from the conviction that the leaders of different faiths have a strong contribution to make in the improvement of the lives of the people of the province.

The free and fair elections that the South Africa has emerged from, said Mkhize, is a huge boost for democracy on the continent.

He said he was, however, disappointed by some of the violent acts that erupted in the build-up to the elections.

Mkhize said that 3,5 million people in KZN suffered from hunger, and called on churches to help tackle the problem through the rural development, food security and agrarian reform programme.

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