- The Zion Christian Church has heeded the call to avoid public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak
- Every year, millions arrive at Moria for the annual pilgrimage, which takes place over Easter
- This year, the Covid-19 virus has seen the event cancelled
The Zion Christian Church has taken heed of the warning issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa to avoid large public gatherings.
eNCA reports that the church has opted to cancel its annual Moria pilgrimage which attracts nearly a million people from across Africa and even the world.
However, this year the pilgrimage will not be taking place over the Easter weekend in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson for the ZCC, Reverend Emmanuel Motolla, commented on the decision:
"This is a pandemic which at the end of the day touches the lives of the people. The ZCC has postponed this year's annual pilgrimage in Moria due to the coronavirus. The leader took the decision on Friday after the church leadership was briefed by national government delegation by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize."
Motolla revealed that, despite the disappointment over the cancellation, the church would comply:
"We are definitely going to comply to the figure quoted by our president.Will make sure that the church that the church leadership in each and every district or branch conforms to the right number where people should be together."
Briefly.co.za reported that citizens had been concerned when it appeared the pilgrimage would continue as usual despite the outbreak.
ZCC leadership had recently called for a meeting, urging members invited to bring along doctors to provide some insight into the situation.
This had prompted speculation that thousands of citizens would still take part in the event, with a local politician confirming that pamphlets would be handed out.
Thankfully, it seems as if the ZCC had opted to protect its congregants and South Africa as a whole by calling the pilgrimage off.
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