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Ampsa Bulletin-005

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STATEMENT ON CLOSURE OF MASAAJID

The regulations published under the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 on 27 June 2021 in terms of Government Notice R564 represent a further violation of the right to religious freedom and practice as enshrined in the Constitution. The discrimination between controlled faith-based gatherings and other gatherings permitted in terms of the regulations, as well as the closure of places of worship, purely on the basis that gatherings that are prohibited (such as congregational salaah) may take place there, is in our view irrational and arbitrary so as not to pass constitutional muster. These are however issues that require to be addressed separately in another forum.

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