Churches have a role to play after the elections

Members of the Free State Moral Regeneration Movement gathered at the Wesleyan Church on Thursday, 28 July. From left to right: Rev. Sello Dire (MRM Free State coordinator), Mcdonald Makgoe (secretary MRM), Bishop MP Matlhoko (committee member), Bishop LM Seatlholo (committee member) and Seipati Radimo (committee member). PHOTO: MARK STEENBOK

Churches and religious groups play just as important role in the aftermath of the 2016 Municipal Elections as before the voting.
This is according to Sello Dire who was speaking at a Free State Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) event at the Wesleyan Church last week.
Dire, who is the Free State coordinator for the MRM, told Voice that the purpose of the meeting last Thursday was to discuss the political state of the country and to re-emphasise the role of the MRM in society.
“The MRM has played its role. We have been going around from ward to ward in the Mangaung region where programmes were presented. The people were very happy about the revival of the MRM. It has been abandoned for too long.
“The MRM cannot be led by the government. It belongs to the church. We have been going back to the basics. People have been happy and willing to vote because they know there is a future,” said Dire.
He further called upon the masses to pray for their respective political leaders and parties, not only ahead of the local municipal elections but also after Wednesday’s elections.
“We have been praying for peaceful elections. We know the Free State people are very kind and warm. The churches and religious groups must keep on praying for their leaders. We have not been praying for someone to take over power, but to change the lives of people. It is our responsibility to pray for them (political leaders),” said Dire.
He was confident that the elections in the province would be conducted in a peaceful manner even though this is a time of division, hatred and taking over power. “We realise that South Africa will never have peace unless churches and religions take a stand,” said Dire.
The MRM is a civil society-driven movement that promotes networking for initiatives and processes that combat moral decay. – Mark Steenbok