Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 09:34 pm

Several local stars are not impressed with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to allow re-open places of worship amid the COVID-19 crisis

The president announced this week that gatherings of 50 people will be allowed for worship from June 1. 

While many celebrated the move, scores of people thought it was a recipe for disaster. 

Gospel singer and pastor, Khaya Mthethwa, made it clear that he would not be one of the people returning to church next week.

“I’m a church boy but this is irresponsible,” he tweeted.

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One Twitter user told Khaya that Cyril was trying his best and people should give him a break as he can’t please everyone.

Khaya said that he respected Ramaphosa but did not agree with the move.

Anele Mdoda was also sceptical and asked government to reconsider its decision.

“I support a retraction like the cigarette one. 50 a service and the ones that didn’t get in? What is the communication saying who is in and who is out? Guys a pandemic is not meant to be comfortable!!!! Church is not the spiritual part of your faith. Please reconsider this,” she tweeted.

Actress Rami Chuene questioned how churches would operate.

“Laying of hands? Singing and praying in tongues under a mask? Holy communion? Those who like being slain in the spirit, who will catch them when they fall? Poor ushers are in trouble.”

She also wondered how churches would decide which 50 people would get to attend a service.

She continued, “Some churches might have to issue tickets with date and time slot for congregants to attend church. Have six 1hr services on Sat & Sunday? Big churches will see some attending once a year. Or they can enter a weekly competition & 50 winners selected? Or A-Z? Why Lord?”

Rouge urged her followers not to attend church.

“DO NOT GO TO CHURCH GUYS. Government what are you doing Flushed face… Might as well open the turnups too then. How is this level 3????? God will understand.”

Blue Mbombo agreed.

“We can pray from home. That’s what we’ve been doing,” she commented.