South African chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng yesterday pleaded “from the depth of my heart” for “those who know just how powerful prayer can be” to pray for SA’s protection and blessing at this time when the nation is exposed to coronavirus infection.
Briefing media in Midrand, Johannesburg on measures that will be taken by the courts to prevent the spread of the virus, he called for people who know that nothing is impossible with prayer, to go out in groups not exceeding 70 people, to go out and pray “at least every Wednesday and every Sunday”.
Watch the News 24 video clip below in which Mogoeng calls for the Church to demonstrate the power of prayer for the sake of the nation, the continent and humanity.
In a further development this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed a national day of prayer in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ramaphosa was delivering the welcoming address at a meeting with religious leaders held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane on Thursday.
The president suggested that a portion of the day would be set aside for the nation to “pause for a moment of prayer”, a moment of reflection and as a way of offering solidarity to those affected, afflicted and infected by the coronavirus.
However, he said this was still just a suggestion and that government was open to the “thoughts”, suggestions and proposals that religious leaders could bring forth amid the outbreak of Covid-19.