Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says this Easter should mark the resurrection of hope for the nation.
"We wish all Christians well as they converge in various places of worship during the weekend. We urge that you pray for the country in all churches and synagogues. Let us pray for peace, harmony, unity and prosperity in our country.
Let us pray for success and an end to poverty and suffering amongst the poor and unemployed. Let us pray for strength and wisdom so that we can overcome the various challenges that confront us as a nation," Zuma said in his Easter message.
Zuma also wished the Jewish community well as they mark the festival of Passover.
"Passover marks the celebration of freedom. Let us use this time of spiritual upliftment to strengthen our resolve to work for a better future for all South Africans so that we live up to the true meaning of these holy occasions," he said.
Moreover, the President said the nation should use this period of spiritual invigoration to reflect on how best they can contribute to the building of social cohesion.
Meanwhile, the President urged South Africans to be vigilant on the roads ahead of the Easter weekend rush.
Zuma said the nation had been shocked by the number of road accidents that have claimed many lives in the past few weeks.
"I know that many of you will take to our country's roads for a holiday break, while multitudes will travel to Moria for Easter celebrations. Whatever our reason for being on the roads, let us be vigilant and travel safely so that we may all arrive alive," he said.