SA’s boozy church struggles with Covid-19 lockdown rules

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Gabola church leader Pope Tsietsi Makiti. Picture: News24
Gabola church leader Pope Tsietsi Makiti. Picture: News24

When South Africa began easing its Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in May, it allowed religious worshippers to gather in groups of up to 50, but maintained a ban on people assembling to drink alcohol.

That’s a problem for the “Gabola” church – the name means “drinking” in Tswana – for whom a tipple is an integral part of their religious worship.

Read: Places of worship to open June 1 – with restrictions

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