Gloria Motsoere30 March 2024 | 10:38

The IEC should be 'strengthened' through prayer ahead of elections, says Ramaphosa

Addressing church congregants on Good Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for prayers for a peaceful election.

The IEC should be 'strengthened' through prayer ahead of elections, says Ramaphosa

FILE: African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the cake-cutting ceremony in Mbombela to mark the party's birthday on 8 January 2024. Picture: @MYANC/X

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says as South Africa is approaching a critical election season, political parties require strength as they contest the general polls.

Ramaphosa was speaking at a church in Bloemfontein on Friday, as part of his Easter weekend programme.

He has urged South Africans to pray for the government and a peaceful election on 29 May. 

The president also asked those who believe in divine intervention to pray for the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). 

"We would like the IEC to be strengthened so that they are able to leave no one behind and do their work as laid out in the election."

Sharing the same sentiments, DA leader John Steenhuisen said Christians should pray for a peaceful transition should a new government reign supreme.

"As Christians come together to celebrate Easter and the miracle of peace, hope and renewal, I call on South Africans to pray for a peaceful election."