The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has cancelled its Annual Easter pilgrimage held in Moria, Limpopo. The annual Easter service attracts millions of people from across the country and continent.
ZCC has also suspended all gatherings, meetings, choir and church services following the outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19). President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 March prohibited the gathering of more that 100 people as a preventive measure.
Speaking to Thabiso Kotane on POWER FM on Tuesday, ZCC spokesperson Emmanuel Motolla says the decision to postpone was taken after a meeting with government officials.
“Zion Christian Church has postponed this year’s annual Easter pilgrimage held at its headquarters in Moria due to the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19. The church’s spiritual leader, his grace, the right reverend Dr BE Lekganyane took the decision after the church leadership was briefed by a national government delegation led by health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.
“While the decision was taken on 13 March, the church decided not to go public about it until all its structures were officially informed so that they did not hear about postponement for the first time in the media.
“The structures were subsequently informed at a meeting held at Moria on Saturday. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for this weekend to give members further information about the virus,” says Motolla.
This comes after Limpopo recorded its first case of COVID-19, a 28-year-old doctor who travelled to Europe (France, Spain and Netherlands). The doctor is currently in self-quarantine and the department confirmed that they are in contact with him and have started the process of contact referencing to ensure the containment of the virus is minimized.