Johannesburg – When the state of national disaster and the lockdown was announced in March, a lot of people were not happy. One level 5 of the lockdown, gatherings of more than fifty people were not permitted.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that on Level 4 and 3 people were allowed to go to their places of worship but only 50 people were allowed to be inside the church. He announced that churches, synagogues, and mosques would be open.
A lot of people were happy about this announcement and made measures to go back to church.
However, other religious leaders told their congregants that they should not come back to church as it was still not safe to do so.
Religious leaders such as the ZCC’s Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane and Pastor Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries International told members of their congregation that they should come to church for fear of them contracting the virus.
Pastor Lukau has been hosting his church services online, allowing congregants to still hear the word of God. He insisted that members of the church not come to the church but stay home and worship from there.