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COVID-19 Vaccine: Christian forum approaches Concourt to interdict government

SANCF also asked the court to interdict the government from depriving or limiting access or benefits to un-vaccinated citizens.
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COVID-19 Vaccine: Christian forum approaches Concourt to interdict government

The South African Christian National Forum (SANCF) is taking the government to the Constitutional Court.

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The SANCF filed papers in the apex court citing President Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers as respondents.

Representing more than 300 churches, the forum wants to interdict the government from declaring Covid-19 vaccination mandatory, affirming that it raises a threat to South Africa’s constitutional democracy and the Bill of Rights.

They also asked the court to interdict the government from depriving or limiting access or benefits to un-vaccinated citizens.

In an affidavit the SANCF said, “Christians are now forced to take a Covid-19 vaccination against their religious beliefs as they are told that government is preparing a Covid-19 passport, and without it, they won’t be allowed to go to church. This is further discrimination and creates a stigma to those who choose not to vaccinate.”

In an accompanying affidavit, the SANCF leader Pastor Marothi Josias Mashashane said that should this matter be rejected by the court, “the entire democracy would be at stake”.

Adding that their case was not about a “for or against the vaccine” debate, but about the freedom to choose.

The matter is expected to be heard next week.

More: IOL

 

 

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