The event booted out the annual soccer derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, who was forced to move their Telkom knockout semi-final match to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Zion Christian Church (ZCC) members occupied most of the seats at the stadium. They could be seen in various uniform colors, mainly yellow, green, khaki and blue.
“Things are out control in this country. Women and children are killed every day. People are dying of drugs and politicians are full of corruption,” said one of the worshippers attending the event, Itumeleng Moselane, of the Methodist Church.
Reluctant to speak to the media, those attending the prayer day could be heard ululating from early morning.
“We are sions. We serve a living God. There will be peace in this country,” sang congregants who had travelled from all corners of the country.
Lekganyane said he was deeply concerned about incidents of gender-based violence in institutions of higher learning.
He made reference to a Rhodes student, Khensani Maseko, who was allegedly raped by her boyfriend and later took her life.
“What happened to Khensani must never happen to any woman again.
“Perpetrators of such heinous crimes must be jailed for a very long time,” added Lekganyane.
According to the Motsepe Foundation website, the aim of the prayer day was to:
- pray for the unity of all South Africans of all races and languages;
- pray for an end to poverty, corruption and crime, particularly crimes against women and children;
- pray for the creation of jobs, equality of opportunities and the provision of quality education and skills;
- pray for the current land reform discussions to result in land being made available for black people living in the rural and urban areas and to their communities and for a successful and secure future for black and white farmers;
- pray for peaceful, fair and just elections in 2019;
- pray for God’s guidance, leadership and blessings for a bright future for all South Africans.