South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has declared today, Sunday the 8th of December 2013, as a national day of prayer following the passing on of its iconic leader Nelson Mandela.
A statement released by the ANC said the organisation encourages all South Africans, the continent and the world to observe the National Day of Prayer and Reflection.
The organisation said the national prayer day forms part of the 10-day national mourning announced by President Jacob Zuma in honour of Mandela.
“The National Officials of the ANC will observe this important day by attending religious services throughout the country. ANC and government leaders both at national and provincial levels will also join members of the public at stadiums, halls, churches, temples and synagogues in observance of this day.”
Members of the public, religious denominations and various formations in society are urged to come together in groups and individually to conduct prayers and spiritual reflections during this period of mourning. It is the unity of the South African people in their diversity which has sustained us as a nation to withstand even the most difficult of times. The teachings of our beloved former President have inspired us to unite, to be compassionate and to love one another. During this national day of prayer, let us hold hands and put pray for the Mandela family, pray for one another and pray for the nation.
That ANC has, in partnership with interfaith organisations, organised prayer events in all nine provinces tomorrow. The programme of the National Officials shall be as follows:
President Jacob Zuma
Venue: Bryanston Methodist Church, Corner Grosvenor & William Nicol Roads, Sandton
President Thabo Mbeki
Venue: Oxford Shul, Rosebank
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Venue: Provincial ANC Interfaith Service, Standard Bank Arena
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
Venue: Grace Bible Church, Pimville, Soweto
National Chairperson Baleka Mbete
Venue: Bethesda Methodist Church, Berea
Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe
Venue: Oasis Church, Daveyton
Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte
Venue: Bhuddist Service, SGI-SA National Centre, Rosebank
National Executive Committee members of the African NAtional Congress will also be attending religious services in various parts of the country.
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