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Traditional, religious leaders pray for SA ahead of motion of no confidence

The religious and traditional leaders say this is not about protecting an individual, but protecting the office of the President and the millions of South Africans.

Amakhosi and religious leaders will be praying for SA and President Jacob Zuma at the Durban City Hall. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

DURBAN - The National Interfaith Council of South Africa and Traditional Leaders in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) say marches calling for President Jacob Zuma to be voted out of office are ill-conceived and will plunge the country into a crisis.

The groups are holding a prayer for the country and its leaders in Durban ahead of Tuesday’s motion of no confidence in President Zuma.

The religious and traditional leaders say this is not about protecting an individual, but protecting the office of the president and the millions of South Africans who democratically voted him into office.

Traditional and religious leaders from different denominations have gathered outside the Durban City Hall to pray for peace in KZN and the country.

Apostle Mxolisi Phakathi says they aren't getting involved in politics, but are only playing their part as custodians of peace.

“We are so against the religious leaders that are saying this must go on because this will put us into trouble as South Africa. We must bring peace, we are preaching peace, forgiveness and love.”

The organisation has hit out at religious leaders such as Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba who has been vocal about Zuma to be removed as president in Tuesday's vote.