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Nyanga church prays for ANC to choose new leadership wisely in December

Reverend Ernest Mototjane laid hands on Gwede Mantashe, asking that the ANC do what is right to take the community forward.

Reveernd Ernest Mototjane blesses Gwede Mantashe, asking that the ANC do what is right to take the community of Nyanga forward. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Nyanga church congregation has prayed for the African National Congress (ANC) to apply wisdom when nominating a new candidate for party president in the elective conference in December.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, Regional Chairperson Xolani Sotashe and several other ANC members are visiting the crime-riddled community of Nyanga outside Cape Town on Sunday.

Apart from conducting a walkabout, the group also attended a Sunday service at the Holy Cross Church.

Several pews in the Holy Cross congregation in Nyanga are dotted with yellow, green and black headscarves as church-goers show their support for the ANC.

ANC officials are there to rally residents in the Dullah Omar Region; one that's been viewed as a turbulent and unstable region due to political infighting.

Reverend Ernest Mototjane laid hands on Mantashe, asking that the ANC do what is right to take the community forward.

Mantashe says the visit is important to rally support.

“The church is not less important because it is where people assemble and you talk to them there.”

Mototjane has also asked ANC members to address soaring levels of crime in Nyanga as it has one of the Cape's highest murder rates.