President Jacob Zuma has called for Members of Parliament to show respect towards one another. He was speaking at the National Prayer Day meeting in Durban on Sunday. Prayers are focusing on successful elections, social cohesion,rain and peace.
Zuma, who presided over the event, says peace must return to Parliament. He has condemned what he called “alien behaviour” in Parliament.
“We pray that our youth become good leaders of tomorrow. We pray for the leaders of all political parties to work together to make South Africa a better place for all of us. We pray for peace and order to return to our Parliament so that the representatives of our people may be able to discharge their duties with dignity and respect for one another and be exemplary to the people of our country.”
He has also urged people to vote in the August 03 municipal elections. “In all our places of worship our leaders of faith must lead us in praying for peaceful elections. We must unite our people against violence, thuggery and hooliganism and ensure we maintain our track record of peaceful, free, and fair elections. We urge our people to go out in their numbers to exercise their democratic right by going out to vote on August 03.”
At the event, Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, also made a call for peace. She told people at the event that they must pray for unity in South Africa.
“We need peace, we need unity amongst ourselves and we need sanity. It has never happened even in the darkest days of apartheid that we burned schools. This is part of what we must pray for, unity in our country, respect for one another, and respect for leadership. In a few months’ time, we will be going to local government elections and we need unity. We need to contest and accept the outcomes of democracy.”
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