National Prayer for Peace and Rain in South Africa Postponed

The Presidency announced Friday morning that the National Day of Prayer that was to take place today, at Absa Stadium in Durban, has been postponed.

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Jacob Zuma is blessed by local pastors and priests during a campaign event at the Interfellowship Church in Durban in March this year. Photo: Rajesh Jantilal (AFP)

No reasons were given.

The Day of Prayer and launch of Africa Month was to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma with religious leaders officiating as well in leading prayers for unity, peace, the rain, 2016 successful local government elections and peaceful co-existence in South Africa.

A new date will be announced shortly.


Government had decided after last year’s tragic xenophobic attacks –  which took part in Durban and Johannesburg – to organise activities in May to mark Africa Month to promote unity, cohesion and prosperity in the African continent.

The prayer service was due to promote peaceful coexistence and encourage communities to continue fighting xenophobia and intolerance, according to the Presidency.

It was also due to include prayers for rain and the promotion of water conservation under the country’s persistent drought conditions.

The celebrations in May are to be held under the theme ‘Building a Better Africa and a Better World’ and the sub-theme ‘There Shall be Peace and Friendship’.