Focus should be on saving lives, not squabbles: CRL chair

Religious gatherings remain banned under lockdown level 3. Sunday saw a violent and chaotic exchange between police and congregants at a Sebokeng church. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Some religious leaders have complained that the government did not consult with them before imposing the ban on church gatherings.

Violence erupted at Sebokeng in the Vaal on Sunday after police fired rubber bullets to disperse several church groups who were meeting.

WATCH: Police fire rubber bullets to disperse Sebokeng church groups

Some churches refused to remain closed as required under lockdown regulations for Alert Level 3. 

Religious leaders in Sebokeng said there were no consultations with the government regarding the new lockdown regulations on church gatherings.

CRL chairperson, Professor David Mosoma says the main focus should be saving lives, rather than squabbling with authorities.

"We must understand here that the role of leaders is to take decisions," says Mosoma.

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"The decision may not be liked by some, but at the end of the day, part of leadership is to look at the pros and cons and take decisions," he says.

Mosoma went on to say that if the government spent time consulting on everything, nothing would get done.

"People are dying every day, even funeral parlours say they are not coping," says Mosoma.


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