Spiritual cleansing of Parly to take place ahead of Sona

Religious leaders have organised an interfaith prayer in Parliament ahead of tomorrow's Sona.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - With just a day to go until President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona), a group of religious leaders are planning a spiritual cleansing of Parliament today.

Relations between Members of Parliament (MPs) reached an all-time low towards the end of last year when police entered the National Assembly during a chaotic late night sitting.

There could be another volatile showdown on Thursday if Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema makes good on his threat to disrupt the president's speech.

Do Parliamentarians need more religion and less politics?

Bishop Derrick Mtsolo seems to think so.

"God must lead them."

He wants MPs to engage in constructive debate and has reminded them to put God first.

"Before they enter in Parliament, let's go and put God first in Parliament. Whatever they do, they must understand that their religious sectors were in Parliament. Pray in Parliament. Pray for our leaders."

Mtsolo belongs to the Western Cape Christian Ministers' Association, which has organised an interfaith prayer in Parliament today.

The gathering comes on the back of news that Rhema Bible Church Pastor Ray McCauley has been trying to broker peace between the EFF and African National Congress (ANC) ahead of Zuma's Sona.

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