ZCC Closed for Easter pilgrimage to Moria 2022

ZCC Lekganyane and Ramaphosa


Zion Christian Church (ZCC) revealed that their churches will remain closed for the annual Easter Weekend pilgrimage to Moria headquarters in Limpopo. The ZCC church was founded by Bishop Engenas Lekganyane years ago in 1910 making it one of the oldest and biggest indigenous church.

After visiting the ZCC earlier this month President Cyril Ramaphosa commended Reverend Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane and Reverend Bishop Dr Joseph Lekgayane for providing leadership and saving lives amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ZCC Easter pilgrimage to Moria attracts thousands of congregants and takes months to organize and prepare. Moria was trending on social media platform twitter as many reminisce of the good times at previous Easter pilgrimage at Moria.

ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane halted mass gatherings since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic 3 years ago. President Ramaphosa recently relaxed the restrictions however the church remains closed for mass gathering for Easter pilgrimage to Moria. The relaxed rules allow for no masks in outdoor venues but still requires proof of vaccination at closed venue entrances or a max of 72 hours old Covid-19 test result . Churches that fail to comply commit an offence which can lead to a jail or heavy fines.

Some church leaders expressed outrage and dismay at the news conditions announced by the President Cyril Ramaphosa that in order to welcome 50% capacity of congregants ahead of the Easter weekend, congregants will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent Covid-19 test result not older that 72 hours. Failure to comply is an offence which will lead to a conviction, liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.