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Churches uncertain of the way forward

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There is a rumour that churches can write a letter of appeal to motivate their intention to host an event exceeding the 100 headcount

WITH Easter services looming, churchgoers, who fear the possibility of having to cancel plans to attend various church services and events, are still uncertain about the way forward.

This follows the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa that prohibits gatherings of more than 100 people.

The president made the announcement on Sunday to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

Local church leaders yesterday still seemed to be grappling with the reality and the impact of the announcement, which has effectively pulled the plug on many Easter church events.

South Africa already stands at 62 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which the latest case was confirmed yesterday morning in Limpopo. The Northern Cape Department of Health has since said there are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Province.

Local church leaders approached yesterday, refused to comment, pointing out that the announcement had come on Sunday evening after church services.

They explained that they are waiting for feedback from their church committee members, who were also awaiting a formal notification from either the South African Council of Churches (SACC) or the Presidency regarding services.

There is a rumour that churches can write a letter of appeal to motivate their intention to host an event exceeding the 100 headcount.

The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) was also waiting yesterday to see what would happen to its annual conference in Moira.

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has also organised an event in Jan Kempdorp over the Easter weekend. Members of the Young Men’s Guild have meanwhile planned a synod in Qwa-Qwa. The church indicated yesterday that it was still awaiting an announcement on the way forward from Presiding Bishop Purity Malinga.

Members of the Apostolic Faith Mission Pentecostal Church in SA (AFM) were also hoping to attend their Easter conference in Bloemfontein, which is expected to attract more than 500 faithful.

The regional Apostolic Church in Zion said yesterday it was also waiting for an indication of the way forward. The church is supposed to host more than 100 members from around the Northern Cape and the North West in Galeshewe.