|BOPHELONG.ΓÇô The churches are praying against crime. The criminals or perpetrators of crime must take the call very seriously and repent before itΓÇÖs too late. The escalating rate of crime that has troubled the community day in and out has provoked the men and women of the cloth, South African Police Services (SAPS) and Community Police Forum (CPFΓÇÖs) to unite and fight against crime. The stakeholders responded positively on the call when they gathered at the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) South Africa in Extension 2 Bophelong, on Thursday. The Churches, Police and Communities prayed against the high levels of crime. Pastor Mohudi Ntsane of AFM SA says, ΓÇ£As the church leaders we cannot fold arms and let the police to do the work alone. The church and the community have a role to play. They have to be jealous of their environment.ΓÇ¥ Ntsane says that not all criminals enjoy troubling them. “Satan has taken criminals into bondage. Some of them are seeking the face of God. Others are thirsty, but because of the walls they built between the community and themselves, they find it difficult to make a breakthrough. We can combat crime through prayer,ΓÇ¥ he says. The criminals want to come out of their cocoons, but they doubt whether the community will welcome them with open arms. The CPF advises families not to drop charges after they opened the case with the police. The CPF also says that parents should stop paying and consulting sangomas when their children have committed crime. ΓÇ£The Magistrate is not controlled by muthi,ΓÇ¥ says CPF. To show their honest concerns, the churches, police and CPF took a special moment to pray for the transformation of criminals, healing of victims, correction of criminals, and crime prevention in schools.