Article by Lindiwe Karosa
Easter will not be the same this year for the members of the Zion Christian Church this year, as the annual Easter gathering at Moria(Boyane) in the Limpopo Province has been called off by its leaders Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane and Brother Bishop Engnas Lekganyane. The Zion Christian Church is a church indigenous to Africa, it was formed in 1910 by Engenas Lekganyane after he said that he received a revelation from God on the top of Mount Thabakgone.
The ZCC Easter gathering attracts millions of attendees annually and this will be a first occurrence for the church, where its members will not be attending the much anticipated easter pilgrimage due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa has pleaded with the leaders to cancel the pilgrimage to help avoid the spread of virus as the event would be a mass gathering and would contravene the 21 day lockdown rules that he announced to the country on March 23 2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the leaders of the two Zion Christian Churches (ZZC) this afternoon at Zion City in Moria, Limpopo.
According to tweets by The Presidency twitter account, the purpose of this visit was to express gratitude to the churches and update them with the measures put into place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
It is no secret that the two churches have the largest following in South Africa. With an average of 10 million congregants during Easter, the government realised the importance of involving the clergy in all pivotal decisions and consultations.
The presidency views this meeting as a sign of cooperation and cohesion between government and religious leaders. The church has the ability to positively influence its followers during the global fight against this pandemic.
The churches’ advice and prayers were warmly welcomed by President Ramaphosa.
The president has also asked the nation to think about how it can integrate governmental structures, business and communities to recreate a united front against a common enemy. This was also a talking factor in the virtual meeting held yesterday by the president with the presidential coordinating council.