The annual ZCC Moria Easter pilgrimage has been postponed due to the coronavirus. The event is annually held at the church’s headquarters in Boyne during the Easter period. More than 3 million people flock to the church every year to attend the event.
This will be the first time that such event is suspended since the inception of the church in 1910.
Speaking to the media, the church spokesperson Emmanuel Motolla confirmed that the church had decided to postpone their annual pilgrimage and would announce a new date once normality has been restored.
He said the decision was taken on March 13 and all the church structures were officially informed at a meeting held at Moria on March 14.
“To set the record straight, the Zion Christian Church has postponed this years’ annual Easter pilgrimage, held at the headquarters of Moria, due to the coronavirus, or known as COVID-19. The church’s spiritual leader, Dr. BE Lekganyane, took the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020, after the church was briefed by the national government delegation, led by the Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize,” says Motolla.
He indicated that a new date would be communicated with members in due course. He said they did not “want to risk the lives of our people”.
Motolla said reports that were circulating on social media about the pilgrimage continuing were fake.
“The letters were fake, they letterhead used did not represent the emblem of the church. We normally use the Northern Sotho (Sepedi) when we release our reports”
The ZCC is not the only church that has postponed its Easter gatherings. Others include Enlightened Christian Gathering, Rhema Bible Church, the Zulu Congregational Church and many more.
Meanwhile the Limpopo MEC of Health in Limpopo Phophi Ramathuba has confirmed the first case of coronavirus (Covid 19) in the province.
Ramathuba said the person was a 29-year-old man doctor who had travelled to France and the Netherlands.
On Wednesday, 116 people were infected with the virus nationwide.