Dr Zamani Saul, has encouraged all Christians celebrating Easter this week to “do the responsible thing and stay home”.
THE NORTHERN Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, has encouraged all Christians celebrating Easter this week to “do the responsible thing and stay home”.
The spokesperson for the Office of the Premier, Bronwyn Thomas-Abrahams, said on Thursday that Easter was a very important time for the premier.
“It is a time when he prioritises family and spends valuable time with his loved ones. Due to his demanding schedule, little time is normally spent with family and therefore this time is extremely important to him,” said Thomas-Abrahams.
She added that being a very spiritual person, under normal circumstances the premier, with his family, would have attended and observed all religious activities.
“This year, however, the premier will still observe these religious activities but he will do so at home and he encourages all persons following the Christian faith to do the responsible thing and stay home.”
She added that this was also a time where other faiths and cultures observed religious practices.
“The premier calls on them too, to observe all protocols and directives issued to contain the spread of the potentially deadly Covid-19 virus.
“He further calls on everyone to pray for our country, our government, our health care practitioners and all people around the world who are battling with the coronavirus pandemic.”
Thomas-Abrahams said the premier would this weekend also assess the progress being made in provincial government’s efforts to “flatten the curve” and also intensify its campaign to provide social relief to the poor and vulnerable.
“The premier wants to wish everyone a peaceful and blessed Easter period and to spare a thought for the most vulnerable and poor,” she added.
“In the spirit of gratitude, we also extend our appreciation to all medical staff, emergency workers, volunteers, and essential staff, including cleaners and staff working in shops, for ensuring that we can access basic goods and services.
“A special word of gratitude is extended to all business, civil society organisations and the general public who selflessly and generously donated their time and much-needed relief during this time. This is the true spirit of ubuntu and testament to the will of people to rally behind the government as we continue the fight against the pandemic.
“The premier calls on each and every citizen to play a constructive role in our fight to overcome and prevail. If the only contribution of a citizen is to remain home then we should do it with dedication and true patriotism. Working together we will beat it and the sooner we adhere to the lockdown directives, the sooner we can return to normality.
“On behalf of the people of the Northern Cape, Premier Saul wishes everyone a blessed and peaceful Easter 2020. God bless South Africa. God bless the world.”