Reasons behind the postponement of the much-awaited National Prayer Day is yet to be known following the unexpected change.
Relating the information, presidency spokesperson Bonjani Majola said the event will no longer hold as a new date would be fixed and announced later.
National Prayer Day Postponed
However, BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the National Prayer Day and launch of Africa month, which was scheduled to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma on Friday in Durban, got postponed at the last-minute “due to unforeseen circumstances”.
On Monday, the presidency had announced that government will host the event through the Department of Arts and Culture, supported by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as Water and Sanitation, as the prayer service will also include prayers for rain and the promotion of water conservation under the persistent drought conditions.
Also, it stated that religious leaders and leaders of civil society formations will join government in praying for the further consolidation of democracy, national unity, social cohesion as well as successful and peaceful 2016 local government elections.
According to the presidency also, this year’s Africa month celebration seeks to reflect on the tragic events last year in parts of Durban and Johannesburg where some foreign nationals, especially those from the African continent, were tragically attacked.
However, many have shown disappointment with the postponement of the programme, especially hawkers and food vendors who had been early at the stadium with the hope of selling things to the masses. Others felt bad also because as at late Thursday, the event was still listed on the president’s programme.
President Zuma was expected to address civil society and religious leaders at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban at 09:00, but very few persons were seen in the stadium including some ANC members, who were seen packing their equipment back into their ANC branded vehicles.
However, as South Africans wait to have the programme re-fixed, many have asserted that they won’t relent until they satisfy their curiosity as regards to why the national religious program was postponed with no clear and single reason.