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Opinion | Should church gatherings be allowed during this lockdown restrictions ?

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Since covid-19 started last years, things have been difficult for many south africa because lockdown was introduced and it was implemented so that they can try to stop the spreading of the virus. Many people were forced to stay home and businesses were forced to shutdown & business owners lost their income while some of the employees were retrenched.


The prohibition of faith-based gatherings due to the promulgation of regulations to curb the spread of Covid-19 in December 2020 and January 2021 was rational, reasonable and justifiable.The prohibition of these gatherings did not interfere with the religious convictions of people, and the regulations only temporarily prohibited faith-based gatherings in a physical setting.

These were some of the submissions made by Rusty Mogagabe SC, advocate for co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the high court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Mogagabe was responding to arguments presented by counsel for four organisations on Monday and Tuesday in support of their applications to set aside the regulations.The organisations also sought an order declaring the regulations were constitutionally invalid.

When Mogagabe responded on Tuesday afternoon, he argued the application was moot because the challenged regulations had since been replaced with regulations that permitted faith-based gatherings.

On Wednesday Mogagabe said the minister, in her affidavit before court, stated that having regard to real scientific data, reductions in Covid-19 infections and the need to open the economy, the Disaster Management Act regulations were amended from time to time.

The minister had said that in applying the risk-adjusted strategy, which outlines activities that can take place during different lockdown levels, the aim was to flatten the curve and to curb the spread of the coronavirus to save lives and livelihoods.

She said the strategy was dependent on the scenario on the ground relating to an increase in the number of infections, the ability and capacity of health facilities to cope with infections in hospital, and the number of admissions due to infections in private and public hospitals.


There is possibility of facing the 4th wave because according to the recent statistics, the number of corona infections seems to increase now and we are approaching festive season where people will be making up and down. The way things are now it's upto people to act responsibly when they are at large gatherings by wearing masks and try using sanitizers in order to stop the spread of this covid-19

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