National 8.8.2016 08:00 am

DA’s likely mayor prays with Phiyega

FIRED UP. Solly Msimanga and his wife, Monde, in church in Atteridgeville yesterday. Picture: Jacques Nelles

FIRED UP. Solly Msimanga and his wife, Monde, in church in Atteridgeville yesterday. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The suspended national police commissioner took to the pulpit to preach about the ‘meltdown the nation is facing’.

DA mayoral candidate in Tshwane Solly Msimanga says faith keeps him grounded.

He and his family attended his church, The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, in Tshwane, where he sang and danced with fellow churchgoers yesterday.

When Msimanga entered the small humble church in Atteridgeville, also the hometown of former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, he was greeted with joy and many people congratulated him.

Suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, also a member of the church, greeted Msimanga happily and they exchanged a few words.

“Church and serving God is very important to me,” Msimanga told The Citizen.

And as Phiyega was preaching from the Book of Judges, Msimanga lapped up every one of her words.

She preached about Deborah, who was never a military general, but God used her; she also spoke about the crisis in ancient Israel.

Deborah was both a prophetess and ruler of the people of ancient Israel, the only woman among the 12 judges. She held court under the Palm Tree of Deborah in the hill country of Ephraim, deciding the people’s disputes.

“There was a spiritual meltdown in Israel. There was serious corruption. Perhaps, as we reflect, we should be saying, maybe that is the picture we are starting to see around us,” Phiyega preached.

“Are we facing a meltdown as a nation and who will be our Deborahs of today? We need to ask ourselves what is our mandate today.”

Reverend Motsomi Jacky Molawa said the church was humbled by the Word and that Judges was one of the most difficult books in the Bible.

He said women would bring the Word in the church for the rest of the month in celebration of Women’s Month.

He also welcomed Msimanga’s wife, Monde, and said a man could not do anything without a woman.

Molawa wished Msimanga luck and said that, after his inauguration, they would have a special service for him.

After the service, Msimanga said: “This is where I come to refill when I am low on faith.”

He said the DA’s victory in Tshwane was still very overwhelming.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet.

“I am filled again to go out and do what I need to do – and that is to bring back hope to our city and to bring the changes the city is desperately looking for,” Msimanga said.

“I am under no illusion that this is going to be an easy ride. It’s going to be very difficult – starting with the negotiations that are currently taking place with possible partners to form a coalition.”

 – virginiak@citizen.co.za

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