- South African pastors went to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest for churches to be opened once again
- The pastors are arguing that people need them because some might be suffering from grief because of Covid-19
- Mzansi social media users commented on the news, with differing opinions on whether or not churches should open
The Covid-19 lockdown led to the closure of churches once again and a number of South African pastors are challenging the decision by the government. South African pastors have decided to protest so that churches can be opened once again.
According to a report by eNCA, church leaders went to the Pretoria Union Buildings to deliver a memorandum to the government.
The pastors are calling for the reopening of churches, they have promised that if churches open once again, they will follow all safety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Charismatic pastors are not happy with the fact that churches are not allowed to operate under the adjusted level 3 of the national lockdown.
Churches are asking for permission to open as a place of worship once again because their services are needed. This is due to the grief that some people might have experienced from losing a loved one to Covid-19.
The pastors in Pretoria have given the government seven days to respond to their memorandum. Mzansi social media users reacted to the protests from the pastors:
"Most probably the money is finished."
"It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of his own, even while they sleep. Psalms 127:2. They should read their bible and stop striking."
"Muslim mosques are open why not opening churches also, we all have a right to worship."
In other Covid-19 news, Briefly.co.za reported that the helicopter crash doctor died hours after trying to save Jackson Mthembu. One of the five victims of the fatal Bergville KZN helicopter crash that took place on the 21 January 2021, Thursday this week, has been identified as a young and esteemed Joburg doctor, anesthetist Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Monoyane.
The young doctor and four of his colleagues who have been identified as Dr Curnick Siyabonga Mahlangu, a cardiothoracic surgeon; Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911; and pilot Mark Stoxreiter who were responding to a call to pick up a critically ill patient in the KZN area when the crash occurred.
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