Pastors call for peaceful elections

2016-07-29 06:00
Peace Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Peace Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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HORSESHOE is often known for its violence and pastors and community members this week prayed for peace ahead of next week’s election at the JJ Mhlongo Hall, which is to be used as a voting station for Ward 1.

Candidates from political parties attended the prayer service.
Chairperson of Kokstad Ministerial Fraternity, Pastor Mbuyiswa Nocanda­ said the area needs prayers.

“There is no peace among the people­ of Horseshoe.
“They are fighting each other, especially at this time of elections.”

The area has been identified as the hot spot for next week’s elections and Nocanda said prayers will unite people to speak one voice of peace during elections.

A community member, who wishes­ to remain anonymous for safety reasons, told Fever that the people of Horseshoe are attacking each other.

“People, who are known to support their particular party, are not safe - they are attacked by the opposition. People are scared to wear their party T-shirts. We are even scared to attend community meetings because at night factions attack us.”

Another community member said: “I want these elections to pass so that we can live peacefully. We have sleepless nights and police don’t want to come to Horseshoe because of its history of violence. During elections we need police to protect us.”

Bishop Andile Mngcwengi of Southern KZN Christian Council asked people of Horseshoe to bring the spirit of the 1994 elections, when people were united during the first democratic elections, with them.

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