The men in blue ask for divine help

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

The police yesterday took some time off from chasing criminals to enjoy a moment of prayer at the Methodist Church in White City Jabavu, Soweto.

The service was organised by the Jabavu circuit of the Methodist Church for the Department of Safety and Security.

This was the third prayer dedicated to government departments. Prayers were offered for education and health earlier this year. Among the officials in attendance were Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Susan Shabangu and Director Girly Oliphant from the community policing department in SAPS' national office.

The congregants were in a joyous mood as they sang hymns with the SAPS members.

Shabangu said just as the church was instrumental in the fight against apartheid, so it should join the police in the fight against crime.

"The police's job is not an easy one. We need the prayers and support of the church," she said.

Marking the end of Women's Month, Shabangu urged women to play their role in society by reporting crimes, even those taking place within their families, such as rape and domestic violence.

"Government is trying to bring moral regeneration but the church is the main organisation that can assist us in restoring our youths' value system."

A candle was lit by the Jabavu circuit's head, Reverend Sjadu Nkomonde, in remembrance of 107 SAPS members who had died in the line of duty.

"Our vision is to heal the nation, so through these prayers we are giving support to the departments that have not always been appreciated," he said.