RELIGIOUS leaders and residents held a prayer at Nhlalakahle Sport Field recently.
The aim of the prayer was to fight against the scourge of crime and social ills in the community.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala and Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Sindisiwe Chikunga were among the dignitaries at the function.
Mayor of Umvoti Municipality Thamsanqa Ngubane said: “Some of the very unfortunate events that have taken place are actually [showing that] slowly and surely the car [our community] is veering off the road.
“It is out of this prayer that we realised that it was important to engage with the community.
“There have been five killings that took place recently. In another incident a pastor was found dead near the hostel. These are manifestations of the deep-seated challenges in our community.
“This prayer is about the challenges facing the people. The prayer also aims to pray for the leadership that God may grant them the wisdom to deal with the challenges facing our community,” Ngubane said.
The interfaith organisations prayed for peace and stability during the elections taking place in Ward 7 today.
Ngubane condemned the recent shooting that occurred in the township on August 15. According to sources, unknown suspects fired shots randomly in the air after Zikalala and other officials left Nhlalakahle.
“We can only condemn [the shooting] because it seeks to undermine the prayer of peace and stability, democracy and development,” he said.
Ngubane appealed to all political parties that will be contesting for the by-election to “honour the moral and legal obligation they signed with the IEC”.
Ngubane added: “The Code of Conduct is very clear on ‘dos and don’ts’, and the adherence to the Code of Conduct will lead, to peace and [stability during] the elections.”