During a special service streamed to 46 of the church’s 62 branches across South Africa and outside the country’s borders, Sono sank to his knees and prayed for South Africans to be forgiven for xenophobic attacks.
“The action of the few who decided to loot the shop of a foreign national cost Bafana Bafana a game and led to the closure of South African embassies in certain countries,” he said.
Zambia, followed by Madagascar, pulled out of friendly matches against South Africa as a result of the attacks against foreigners. In addition, the country temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria.
The Grace Bible Church founder appealed to foreign nationals in the church to go to the front, where he greeted them and apologised for the suffering they went through.