ANC plans prayer meetings for Mandela

2013-06-27 16:41

Johannesburg - The ANC announced countrywide prayer meetings for former president Nelson Mandela on Thursday, after the presidency said his condition had improved.

"While we have all been praying in our homes, private places and churches, the African National Congress [ANC] will now be rolling out prayer sessions where all South Africans can come together, hold hands and pray for Madiba, his family and medical team," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

Prayer sessions would be held at Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, also Soweto, where Mandela lived previously, at 17:00.

In Pretoria, a prayer meeting would be held on the corner of Park and Wessels streets, next to the Art Museum, at 17:00.

All ANC provincial offices would hold interfaith prayer sessions for Mandela for an hour, between 18:00 and 19:00 daily. Anyone could attend.

These events did not seek to replace any other gatherings being organised by the party's branches, or prayer meetings arranged in homes and churches.

"The African National Congress joins President [Jacob] Zuma in encouraging South Africans and the people of the globe to continue to keep president Mandela and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this time," said Mthembu.

‘Heartfelt gratitude’

The party expressed its "heartfelt gratitude" to everyone who had been praying for his recovery.

"It is a matter of public record that comrade Madiba remains in a critical, but now stable condition in hospital," said Mthembu.

Earlier, the presidency said in a statement that Mandela's condition had improved. Although he was still critical, he was now stable.

Mthembu said the ANC was disturbed by "consistent rumours" being circulated about his health.

The presidency was the authority on information on his health.

"We call upon all South Africans to desist from such unhelpful and hurtful rumours about president Mandela.

"These statements demonstrate insensitivity by those who continue to repeat them, not only to Madiba and his family, but all the people of South Africa and the world who love Madiba dearly."

  • Dazza22 - 2013-06-27 16:48

    They might get around to it next year, or the next, or the next.....

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-06-27 17:14

      Shame why only now, took anc 20 days to come up with this.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 18:57

      Godfrey - prayer is a waste of time and emotional energy anyway.

      Duncan IMash - 2013-06-28 10:23

      They need to pray for themselves more than praying for madiba.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 10:56

      I am all for keeping thoughts for Madiba... But i wonder.. how much money will they waste on these prayer meetings?

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2013-06-27 16:49

    Judging by the way ANC members talk and conduct themselves, they will probably be praying to Zuma for Mandela to pull through.

      Cassandra - 2013-06-27 17:51

      Zuma is an honorary 'pastor' in KZN somewhere, I believe!

  • Lesibana Maropola - 2013-06-27 17:06


  • Tlhologelo Desire Magolela - 2013-06-27 17:10

    One of the things I don't agree with: interfaith...christians should never join interfaith sessions where persons of different reliogions come together to the God they worship; listen, we as Christians we do not worship the sane God with a Muslim or a freemason or any other faith. For there is no other name given to men by which we must be saved, save the man Jesus: the way, the truth, and the life.

      Tlhologelo Desire Magolela - 2013-06-27 17:13 pray to the God they worship...we Christians do not pray to the same God...

      Cassandra - 2013-06-27 17:50

      hi Tlhologelo. There's a place for a small 'g' here I think.

      Tlhologelo Desire Magolela - 2013-06-27 17:56

      yep C, theirs is small g, Christ is the big G.

      John Sekgobela Stalwart - 2013-06-27 18:33

      Now when all medicine they resort to God! I know the mercies of God never come to an end but what life can God stil add to a 94 years old frail man,i believe in the miracles of God but to shun medicine nd dvil any praise we would pray but God cnt ansa,let the man take a hike to where he was working for,God knoweth him not as his,y not cal God's servants to go pray for him at the hospital if he realy needs prayer should he mayb nid laying on of hands.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 18:58

      The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a God that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Do you actually think that God will change his behavior as result of mumbling a few words? If god is willing to cure someone of cancer just because some hack prays for them, and yet lets millions of other people die in horrible pain from such diseases, doesn't that make him something of a huge jerk?

      John Sekgobela Stalwart - 2013-06-27 20:49

      @GB Gerb,some philosopher by the name of Epicureas once denied God as omniscient and omnipotent given the things that happened in his lifetime but does God stop existing becos u try to rubbish him? You can neva mock God let alone overthrow him as a mighty God.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 10:58

      Actually yes you do. The xtian god is exactly the same as allah and jehovah. Yahweh? Every heard of him? That is the abrahamic god aka lord aka allah aka jehovah.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 11:02

      If your god is so powerful and omnipotent (as the bible states) then why does he perform certain miracles, yet cannot defeat the devil or eradicate world hunger and suffering? Oh that's right, because he is just like a comic book hero. He needs the devil (nemesis) otherwise there is not story, and no fear to keep you worshiping. He is omnipotent, yet doesn't eradicate hunger and suffering. Therefore he is either NOT all-powerful and omnipotent, or he simply cannot do it and doesn't care. Awesome god you have.

      Just a Girl - 2013-06-28 14:40

      GA I right. You do worship the same God. Go ahead, google it. Google is your friend.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-27 17:20

    Why hope and pray for his recovery? For everyone to go through all of this again in a couple of days or weeks? Please leave the poor man alone and give him some peace. If he is in any way aware of what is going on around him, he must be exhausted by all these people visiting him!

      Cassandra - 2013-06-27 17:48

      Makes one wonder what their agenda is, doesn't it? One thing's for sure they're going to milk his name after his death, for sure!

  • Trevor Gouws - 2013-06-27 17:31

    Bunch of HypocRites - Prayer?? Publically denounced Christianity and haveon various occassions in Various Speeches Blasphemed Jesus's name.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 18:59

      Blasphemy is a victimless crime. You god does not exist. Get over it.

      Machiavelli Moore - 2013-06-27 21:17

      GB Garret you're an interesting character. God loves you in spite yourself.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 11:19

      According to your bible, god doesn't really love anyone but himself. If he cared so much... why does he in fact, not care?

  • Cassandra - 2013-06-27 17:46

    The ANC praying? I wonder who to?

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 18:59

      Same as all Christians, Muslim and Jews - nobody.

  • Eddie Rocher - 2013-06-27 17:58

    Are they going to pray for the help of the Ancestors. Don't think it will work

  • Nathan Tip Cloete - 2013-06-27 18:01

    they wana use this to win votes next year its disgusting

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-06-27 18:06

    South Africa is a multi religious country. When we say lets pray under one roof it means you send your prayer to the God you believe regardless. Only the message will be the same.

      Tlhologelo Desire Magolela - 2013-06-27 18:13

      we cannot unite in error...may christianity be excluded.

      Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-06-27 18:24

      Muslims will tell you the same thing.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 19:10

      And the god sure ain't listening. Tell me. What is the point of praying to a god that allowed Mandela to get sick in the first place? What do you expect now, that the god will change his mind and now cure the illness he allowed Mandela to contract in the first place? And if Mandala dies tomorrow, next week, next month - what did the prayer do for him? All this grandstanding and faux public piety to bask in the shadow of a great man who, incidently, never even believed in Jesus of Allah! He was clearly secular, never talked about Jesus, never initiated public prayer, did not even mention Jesus in his autobiography and, wait for it, was an honorary member of a society that celebrates one of the 20th Century's most prominent atheists. “Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world. - Stephen Fry

      Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-06-27 19:20

      Well captured GB but again please keep him on your prayers to ensure his well being and thats he is comfortable.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 11:21

      I have no religion. I do not pray and waste my time. South Africa is actually a secular country, which means that government (ANC) should remain religiously neutral.

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-06-27 18:14

    God help those who help themselves...Madiba will survive.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 19:11

      For how long? Do you have insider information?

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 11:33

      Is that why he lets all the children suffer and starve to death? Because they don't help themselves?

  • John Sekgobela Stalwart - 2013-06-27 18:39

    If Mandela is yet alive and in need of prayers for Divine intervention into his poor health then I say he needs laying on of hands,interfaith mass prayer is a waste of time and energy,how can I pray holding hands with sangomas and expect God to respond! God works for the glory of his name,sumbody should help Mandela cal on the name of Jesus for the salvation of his soul.

  • Ian Ngubane - 2013-06-27 18:43

    I pray deeply and ask the Almighty to help us all by giving our icon some more time to be us and us to be with him in our great country, SOUTH AFRICA, for which he fought peacefully.

      GB Garratt - 2013-06-27 19:13

      Why would this almighty help a man who did not even believe in Jesus. According to most Christian dogma, Mandela is headed for hell anyway. All this hypocritical public piety is just done by the pious to draw attention to themselves.

  • Amanda Matthews - 2013-06-27 20:40

    @ GB Garrat. I see you are on a bit of a roll tonight. But what I believe in is Karma. You know, what goes around comes around.

  • JF Jaco - 2013-06-27 20:52

    What god,there is only one God,God the Father God the Son and God the Holy spirit if hes hard not write to Jesus Christ,we can pray us much if we want it will not help.

  • Machiavelli Moore - 2013-06-27 21:09

    The ANC will be milking Mr. Mandela's ill health for all it's worth, and then some. Prayer and ANC should never be in the same sentence. Poor man, literally being made a puppet of the ANC. The strings are showing....

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2013-06-27 23:09

    #FACT: Unless Mandela repents and believe on Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, he will burn in hell!!

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-28 11:34

      What a loving god you have, sending people to eternal torture based on finite actions.

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