MHALA police station has sought divine intervention after experiencing a series of misfortunes since last December.
This was revealed at a special police appreciation day held at the Fountain of Living Waters Church in Thulamahashe yesterday.
Police officers from the Bushbuckridge police cluster, comprising Bushbuckridge, Hazyview, Calcutta, Skukuza (in the Kruger National Park), Mhala and Acornhoek gathered for the special service.
Pastor Edward Dube told the congregation it was necessary to pray for circumstances in the world.
"There are circumstances that only God from heaven has the ability to solve," Dube said.
"These include problems that our police are facing on daily basis."
A retired police officer Senior Superintendent Tony Ndinisa was one of those present.
Ndinisa was one of the cops that successfully made a breakthrough in the the murder of Nelson Chisale, who was thrown into a lion's cage in Hoedspruit a few years ago.
Mhala police spokesperson Constable Robert Makhubele confirmed that the prayers had been long overdue, echoing a call that was made by a local sangoma in a Sowetan story about two weeks ago.
One of the incidents relates to a horrific shooting at the station on December 2.
Station Commissioner Senior Superintendent Khazamula Baloyi shot dead branch commander (head of investigations) Superintendent Boy Dlamini and turned the gun on himself. Dlamini died later while being taken to Tintswalo Hospital.
A few months later Inspector Kringer Kubayi allegedly shot dead a pupil at the Manukuse High School in MP-Stream village while trying to arrest two criminals.
Just a few weeks ago Mhala police were charged by the Independent Complaints Directorate after they allegedly took two injured kangaroo court victims to the station instead of the hospital, which led to the death of one.
"These prayers will help us a lot," Makhubele said.
"We have been faced with a number of unfortunate incidents at our police station.
"Though the church service is aimed at praying for the whole Bushbuckridge cluster, we are the most fortunate ones because of our problems at Mhala police station."