Churches ‘would have preferred bigger gatherings’, but will comply

Churches ‘would have preferred bigger gatherings’, but will comply

Religious leaders have welcome the extra numbers allowed in churches during Easter weekend gatherings. 

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At the same time, they expressed disappointment at not being allowed the additional 50% they requested. 


The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Rhema Bible Church say they would have preferred the green light for bigger gatherings. 


On Tuesday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed praise and worship could go ahead this coming weekend. 


The Easter holiday is among the busiest in the country, with millions of churchgoers making their way on various pilgrimages across the country. 

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However, last year’s gatherings were called off over concerns of the rapid spread of Covid-19. 


This period will be restricted to a total number of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors, Ramaphosa announced.


ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe says all Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to.


"While I was one of those who pleaded for 50% of floor space in churches, I understand what the president did has improved what the churches.


"It is better than what we had before that is why welcome this and hope we will not go back to 100.”


This while Reverend Giet Khosa from Rhema Bible Church says the lack of communication has left many with little time to prepare.


"It is way below what legislators have asked.


"So even though we welcome the numbers we're still disappointed that they are using the numbers and not the percentage.


"We now have two days to prepare so that's another disappointment. However, we will comply."

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