Earlier in December last year, pastors from various denominations and representatives from Musina Municipality converged on the N1 road to pray against the high number of road accidents during the festive seasons.

Their prayers were heard as it was confirmed by the local traffic authority that there were no fatal accidents in the Musina municipal area during the festive season.

The congregants, law enforcement officers and councillors converged again to thank the Lord for responding to their prayers. They came together in the the spot where the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates legendary soccer star, Lesley “Slow Poison” Manyathela lost his life in a car accident on 09 August 2003. The spot is approximately 28km on the N1 North between the Baobab Toll Gate and the Sasol Garage.

One of the organizers for the thanksgiving prayer, Pastor Joseph Salani said it was important to go back to the spot and thank the Lord for sparing many lives during the festive season. “The Bible tells us that our Lord is a good listener who only need people who are dedicated in prayer. We had no doubt that our prayers will be heard because we serve a living God. This is a testimony that our God cares for those who ask and pray unceasingly. We will continue to ask Him to protect everyone in our roads because he is the one who gave us life.”

The Manager responsible for Traffic at Musina Municipality, Mr Ailwei Mutele said it is important to seek divine intervention to stop accidents on the roads. “There are other things that as human beings, we cannot accomplish without the intervention by the Lord. As law enforcement officers, we are doing our best to make sure that everyone is safe on our roads but we need assistance from God to achieve our set road safety goals.”

Mutele thanked the pastors, congregants, stakeholders and government departments that took part in the thanksgiving prayer session.

He warned that his team of traffic officers will be out in full force to maintain law and order in all the roads around Musina. “We warn all traffic offenders that there will be no mercy on those who violate the rules of the road. We want to make sure that everyone is safe in our roads.”