MSINGA Local Municipality held an interfaith prayer in Msinga, asking for divine intervention following incidents of violence in the area. The function, held in Pomeroy on December 12, also saw community members pay tribute to the six maidens who died in a taxi accident in August. The maidens were returning from a function to prepare for the Reed Dance ceremony when the accident happended. The municipality said in a statement: “With the festive season upon us, people who are based in Durban and Gauteng due to work are set to return home to get some much-needed rest with their loved ones.“It is in this regard that Msinga Local Municipality organised a massive prayer service to appeal for peace during this busy period. “Too often in the area there have been killings as a result of faction fighting.” The mayor of Msinga Local Municipality, Buyiswa MaMthethwa Ngcobo, told the Gazette: “The interfaith prayer started in the early 1980s during the time when Msinga was plagued with faction fights and political killings. “Local chiefs called on religious leaders to come together and hold a massive prayer in a bid to end the violence in Msinga. We saw the prayer yielding positive results at the time — faction fights and killings ended. “Recently, we have noted disturbing incidents of violence where people were killed. “Local chiefs again, together with the municipality, decided to convene an interfaith prayer and ask for divine intervention.“We also prayed for our unemployed youth and [for an end to] drug abuse that affects our community,” she said. This year a local beauty queen and promising student, Sinethemba Ndlovu, and Ward Councillor Khayelihle Sithole were killed in separate incidents in Msinga.