With less than 10 days before the General Elections (national and provincial), hundreds of congregants gathered at Kwa-Thema Stadium to pray for peaceful, free and fair elections on Sunday.
The meeting was themed “Ekurhuleni Gospel Explosion.” African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip in Ekurhuleni, Councillor Jongizizwe Dlabathi, says the City of Ekurhuleni decided to partner with organisers of the event as a way of showing their support to the faith-based sector.
“Because we too want to see an election on the 8th of May that will be peaceful,” says Dlabathi.
One of the organisers Sphume Mabena says the Ekurhuleni Gospel Explosion has grown from strength to strength as it is being held for the third consecutive year since its inception.
“We remain grateful of the support we’ve received from our local municipality in joining us in this year’s special prayer meeting. This year we’ve decided to focus our gathering on praying for the upcoming elections,” Mabena says.
The event also included worship and singing, with the attendees calling for God’s intervention in the upcoming elections. Pastor Gugu Mashego from New Life Christian Centre in Kwa-Thema says it was very important for the churches to pray for our leaders and peaceful elections.
Meanwhile, Gauteng ANC Deputy Chairperson Panyaza Lesufi also thanked the church fraternity for praying for all the political parties.
“We’re also here as the African National Congress to plead with the churches to pray for us and help us to win the upcoming elections so that we can continue with the good work we are doing. We are excited that this government has taken a decision to introduce a government medical aid that will be accessible to everyone.
“This government will be introducing for the very first time in the history of this country a free medical aid for all South Africans. We are saying gone are the days where people die because they don’t have a medical aid, we are saying gone are the days where specialists can be seen by few whilst the majority of our people can’t access them, and gone are the days where our people are crowded in our local hospitals,” expressed Lesufi.
The National Health Insurance (NHI) is a financing system that will make sure that all citizens of South Africa (and legal long-term residents) are provided with essential healthcare, regardless of their employment status or ability to make a direct monetary contribution to the NHI Fund.
Lesufi further appealed to the church to vote for ANC in the upcoming general elections.