- The Easter pilgrimage sees ZCC members gathering in their thousands every year
- However, the coronavirus has emerged to disrupt the annual event
- This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a ban on large gatherings
The Zion Christian Church has called a meeting with both members and health professionals to discuss the annual Easter Pilgrimage.
The coronavirus pandemic has called the yearly gathering that attracts over a million people from across the continent into question.
SowetanLIVE reports that this announcement was contained in a memo sent out to ministers and branches ahead of the meeting:
“We notify you that you are being asked at Moria on the date above [21 March], we ask that you bring your children who work in the health sector as doctors, professional nurses and emergency medical services to form part of the District Property Task Team."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had dubbed the pandemic a national disaster, barring gatherings of over 100 people in an attempt to limit the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Every district was asked to send a team of 10 people despite numerous churches closing in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Despite the risk of contracting the virus, it appears that the pilgrimage will go on as planned, with Premier Stan Mathabatha revealing pamphlets would be distributed to ZCC members to increase awareness.
Commenting on the situation, Reverend Mzwandile Molo of the South African Council of Churches called on others to do their bit in preventing the spread of the coronavirus:
“Church leaders from churches that fall under the banner of the SACC will be meeting on Thursday to determine how we can respond responsibly and how we can align with the president’s call.”
To date, South Africa has recorded 62 confirmed cases of the virus with the majority of positive infections in people who recently travelled overseas.
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