While the South African Council of Churches has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that churches,mosques and synagogues may resume under Level 3, most South Africans took to social media to weigh in on the matter.

Social media users concerned about churches reopening

“How will a church determine which 50 people must come to church? And when the Holy Spirit enters a person, or makes a person fall, how will they ensure social distancing?”

DURBAN – While the South African Council of Churches has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that religious activities may resume under Level 3, most South Africans took to social media to weigh in on the matter.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi who has expressed his dissatisfaction since Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to level three of the national lockdown from June 1 said: “How will a church determine which 50 people must come to church? And when the Holy Spirit enters a person or makes a person fall, how will they ensure social distancing? It has collapsed! He doesn’t care anymore!! There is no leadership in this county. We truly are on our own,” said Ndlozi via twitter.

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe welcomed the news and said it won’t be hard for churches to adhere to Covid-19 safety regulations, as churches were doing so even before the lockdown.

Taking to social media after the Ramaphosa’s announcement, Business analyst Khaya Sithole said: “It is becoming increasingly difficult to find any semblance of common sense in the government’s approach to managing this transition across phases. Distinguishing between cigarettes & alcohol makes no sense. A sector that brought us the Free State outbreak is open?”

In March this year, 67 churchgoers who attended a prayer gathering in Bloemfontein tested positive for the Coronavirus, including Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, Steve Swart, an ACDP member of Parliament, lay preacher Angus Buchan as well as his wife Jill.

Some also argued that the government should also open restaurants, clubs and gyms. Businessman Sentletse Diakanyo said: “If people can go to church, why not eat at restaurants, go to hair salons, gyms and night clubs and so on and so on?”

 

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