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Thousands of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) faithful braved the cold and wet weather when they gathered in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, on Saturday to pray for an end to rampant crime in the country.
The prayer meeting at Mehlareng Stadium was coordinated by staff at Tembisa police station who initiated the call to the community.
The day-long service started at the police station at 6am where ZCC members and police officers began the march to the stadium.
Undaunted by the downpour and chill, colourfully attired ZCC followers sipped the church's traditional holy tea - taelo - and danced their famed nkedi and mokhukhu.
Hundreds of residents were lured out of their houses and attracted to the stadium by the brass band's soulful melodies.
ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane, who was expected at the service, was unable to attend.
Police spokesman Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said: "The prayer meeting was a breath of fresh air to our community. We decided that it was time to take a different approach in the fight against crime in Tembisa.
"We know that criminals take the law for granted, maybe they will listen to the teachings of the Bible. We do our best to correct offenders but we feel that God is the only one who can change their lives for good."
In 1948 ZCC followers bought land near Polokwane in Limpopo and named it Zion City Moria. It became the headquarters of the church.
Every year more than five million worshippers travel to Moria at Easter, in early September and over Christmas for religious celebrations.