Nyanga police, religious leaders and other community actors cross Miller Road during a prayer walk. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE
Escalating crime in Nyanga has forced officers and various community actors to consider new approaches to tackling crime.
On Tuesday May 31, Nyanga police, religious leaders and other community actors organized a prayer march at the corner of New Eisleben and Miller roads to denounce the crime.
The initiative, which was called Spiritual Crime Prevention, was led by the police.
Nyanga Police Station Social Crime Prevention Unit Constable Nandisa Mpengesi described the initiative as part of empowering and reducing crime in the area. She said it was time for the community to join hands and tackle crime and gender-based violence (GBV).
“We decided to propose a new approach which is spiritual intervention. We also encourage religious and traditional leaders to join us,” Mpengesi said, adding that they believe that religious and traditional leaders are respected people in society.
She also urged faith leaders to speak out against GBV in their churches.
“GBV is everywhere, even in churches. Some church leaders are also perpetrators of GBV. We want them to be part of the solution,” Mpengesi explained.
She mentioned Crossroads, the informal settlement of Ramaphosa and Browns Farm as some of the hotspots, with carjackings, robberies, burglaries, shootings as some of the regular crimes.
Bishop Bongani Ncwadi, head of Exodus Faith Apostolic Church Zion, Lusaka Arch, described walking prayer as part of spiritual intervention.
“We ask God to intervene and reduce crime in our societies. Ordinary people, policemen and children are killed every day. We want to reclaim our streets from criminals,” he said.