Paardekraal – Churches, together with government, have a collective responsibility to fight racism, crime, substance abuse and the exploitation of women and children, says North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Mahumapelo was speaking during a church service at Life Changes Ministries under Bishop Manas Kabelo in Paardekraal yesterday.
“Our provincial government and the churches must always work together as partners especially in renewing, reconciling and healing our province.
“Churches are rooted in our communities, thus it will be wrong for us as government not to work with our churches in fighting poverty, drugs and unemployment,” said Mahumapelo.
Before his address, Mahumapelo joined the church choir to dance and sang several hymns with the congregation.
He appealed to the church to pray for the abuse of drugs and other dangerous substances, which endanger the lives of people in the community.
“One of the main challenges facing our province is the use of drugs and substance abuse. We must all know that failure to address this problem will destroy our people. Most of the crimes that we experience in our communities are due to alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.
The Premier also urged the church to pray for peaceful election in the province.
Bishop Kabelo thanked the Premier for making time to visit his church and promised to continue working with government to bring about reconciliation, healing and renewal in the province.