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Archbishop Makgoba offers a prayer ahead of Sona

Makgoba prays parliamentarians carry out their duties with a sense of accountability and transparency.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has offered up a prayer for Parliament ahead of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) tonight.

Makgoba prays parliamentarians carry out their duties with a sense of accountability and transparency.

All eyes will be on President Jacob Zuma when he delivers his annual address, and officially opens Parliament.

Archbishop Makgoba has challenged society and parliamentarians in his prayer ahead of the Sona tonight.

"We have turned our faces away from the daily challenges of crime, corruption, unemployment, and violence against women and children."

Makgoba is also calling on the country's leaders to step up and carry out their duties with accountability, transparency and a commitment to serve the people with honour and dignity.

"We pray for the leaders of our beloved country, especially those responsible for upholding our constitutional principles and values to ensure these are realised in our future."

There have already been clashes between protestors and police in the build-up to Zuma's speech.