Cape Town – Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday warned religious movements that the police would act against those who defied the government’s ban on large gatherings imposed in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Cele said if the police found more than 100 congregants in any religious service, they would act against whoever was leading it.
"We are making the call: stop that thing," Cele said.
He stressed that there would be no exemptions to the 100-person limit on gatherings.
"So there is no need for you to go to the police station to get permission for more than 100 people," he said.
Most churches have signalled that they will respect the restrictions, and Muslim organisations have called off Friday prayers.
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African News Agency (ANA)