Pretoria - For a second day in a row, a group of students ofall races at the University of Pretoria raised their hands in prayer onWednesday morning and called on God to
“We are seeking the face of God for him to intervene andbring about peace,” said Thobeka Dlangalala.
“We are not just asking for peace but we need transformationhere on our campus and I believe it starts with a change of heart.”
Hundreds of students gathered early in the morning for aprayer session and peaceful march around the campus. The group walked whilepraying before returning to the parking lot in front of the Hatfield campus topray.
Students at the university have been protesting over itslanguage policy. At least 27 people were arrested last week Friday for publicviolence and they appeared in court on Monday. Charges against three of themwere dropped, leaving only 24 students to stand trial. Their case was postponedto April 7.
The university has been closed due to the ongoing studentprotests and violence.
Holding hands on Wednesday morning, they went down on theirknees and raised their hands to pray. Dlangalala said the Christian communityon campus felt there was too much hatred and anger going around.
“I believe everything on campus has gotten out of hand.There is just so much hate being thrown in all different directions. We feel asthe body of believers on campus that nobody is coming up with solutions thatare working and helping us. We are here to ask God to help us and help ourcountry,” she said.
Tobie Snyman said he hoped for unity and that those at theforefront would turn to God for guidance and leadership.
“I’m hoping for unity and through these, I hope the peopleat the University of Pretoria will trust God for the promises he has made andwhat he is already doing. I believe doing something aggressively is not [right]and I don’t support what is happening from both sides,” he said.
The crowd dispersed shortly after 07:00 with the gates ofthe university remaining closed.
Pictures by Karabo Ngoepe, News24.