8 December 2013
Government reiterates President Jacob Zuma’s call to faith-based organisations and society at large to hold prayer services across the country to reflect and celebrate the life of former President Nelson Mandela. Today, 8 December 2013, has been declared as a national day of prayer and reflection.
“The public is urged to gather in halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and in their homes for prayer services and meditation, reflecting on the life of Madiba and his contribution to our country and the world” says President Jacob Zuma when he made the call.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said, “As we enter this mourning period, South Africans are urged to unite and reflect on the life and vision of Madiba. The father of the nation served our country and the world with distinguished dignity and we will forever remain indebted to him.”
“Government wishes to acknowledge the messages of love and support coming from different parts of the country and the world. We thank you for keeping our young nation in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time,” said Williams.
A list of events for the ‘Day of Prayer and Reflection’ is posted on the http://www.mandela.gov.za website. For more information contact the government call centre on (012) 473 0114.
Cell: 083 501 0139
Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)