Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening announced that the government had decided to partially re-open places of worship because their closure had had a devastating impact on various communities.
The president said the faith community was an integral part of the community.
“The faith community is an integral part of South African life and has made a great contribution in the fight against the coronavirus,” Ramaphosa said.
The president said religious institutions had suffered greatly during the lockdown.
“We understand the great impact that the closure of places of worship have had on members of the faith community, and that this has worsened the distress of communities who are unable to worship in the congregation,” said Ramaphosa.
“Our leaders in the faith community provide spiritual guidance, care, and counseling to millions of South Africans, and we are immensely grateful that from the beginning of our task of addressing this health crisis they have stood with us and provide advice, guidance, support, and encouragement from the very beginning,” added Ramaphosa.