Appeal for unbanning of church gatherings
It is reported that, The National Council of Churches (NCC) has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow church gatherings during the less restrictive level 4 of the nationwide lockdown that is currently in place.
The Council says it has written to the President requesting him to allow churches to operate the same way schools would be allowed to reopen under the lockdown.
The Department of Basic Education has proposed that the reopening of schools be done in phases, starting with Grades 7 and 12 from June.
President of the Council, Dr Monokoane Hlobo, says the church has a role to play during this time.
Meanwhile the newly formed political party Change called on Ramaphosa to allow churches and other religious institutions to open under level 3 of the lockdown regulations.
The party says people suspected of being infected with coronavirus at churches would be easy to trace.
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