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67 churchgoers infected with Covid-19 after gathering in Bloemfontein

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

67 members of a church congregation have tested positive for Covid-19 – They had attended a gathering in Bloemfontein where 5 overseas tourists were infected – The Department of Health is tracking down the people who came into contact with the 67
A church congregation of 859 people has reported that 67 of its members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The church in Bloemfontein was visited by 5 people overseas who were infected with the virus. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed on the 20th of March that all 5 of the overseas visitors had tested positive for Covid-19.

305 additional people have been tested from the church. Among the 67 infected are Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Steve Swart who is a member of parliament and a member of ACDP, the preacher Angus Buchan and his wife. Mkhize said that not all the people who attended the event, Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, held at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein, Free State had been tracked down. The Minister of Health urged all those who attended the event to report to the department of health to be tested.


The majority of the 61 patients [in the Free State] come from the church meeting,” Mkhize said. “Church leaders who attended the meeting put their congregation in contact with the virus,” he said. Albert Veksler, the Israeli director of the event, said that it was a ‘victory’ that they had managed to hold the event despite the virus.

“The fact that we gathered in spite of the [virus] distraction is already a great victory,” said Veksler told online religious news platform GatewayNews. The department of health are tracking down all the people who came into contact with the 67 infected churchgoers. “We have now reached about 973 contacts of whom 773 are asymptomatic while 200 are symptomatic with 67 of these being positive,” said Mvambi

In other news – Ntsiki Mazwai’s letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa shocks Mzansi

Former journalist and anti-apartheid activist Thami Mazwai has distanced himself and his wife from a scathing open letter written by his daughter Ntsiki to president Cyril Ramaphosa. Thami said he was “disappointed and shocked” at his daughter’s letter which accused Ramaphosa of among others “appeasing the white master” and “putting money ahead of your own people”. “I believe that all of you are aware of the high esteem in which I personally hold our government,” Thami said.

Ntsiki Mazwai

“The efforts by President Ramaphosa and his colleagues show their commitment to our people. I thus, on behalf of my wife and I distance us from the comments by Ntsiki.” He labelled his daughter’s comments as “not only unfortunate but uncalled for in a situation in which all of us must hold hands. Read more

Source: Briefly