The Gauteng Health department had to obtain a court order against a church in Katlehong, south of Ekurhuleni.
The St. John’s Apostolic church service set for Friday, March 20, was stopped with immediate effect from convening a church service that is not in accordance with the
gazetted regulations. Hundreds of churchgoers and pilgrims flock the church, one of the largest in the area.
“The concerns surrounding the church gathering was brought to the attention of the Department by the community where the church is based. Non-compliance of the gazetted regulations can result in a fine or an arrest. Mass gatherings exposes people to great risk. The measures that have been announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa are put in place to help contain and prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” said the department in a statement.
After the National Disaster declared by President Ramaphosa on Sunday, public gathering of more than a 100 people have been restricted by law. The government has encouraged social distancing to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Over 100 positive cases have been reported in the country so far, with no fatalities.