Police officer prays for pastor violating Covid-19 lockdown rules before arresting him

Police praying (PHOTO:SCREEN SHOT/ TWITTER VIDEO     )
Police praying (PHOTO:SCREEN SHOT/ TWITTER VIDEO )

A SAPS officer has received praise after a video of him praying before arresting a pastor went viral.

The pastor was arrested for holding a church gathering when mass gatherings have been prohibited during the lockdown, as declared by the president, which commenced on midnight Thursday 26 March.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on everyone to stay at home to minimise the spread of the virus which has become a pandemic.

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Many churches have opted to have their sermons streamed online, including big ones such as Rhema Bible Church, Grace Bible Church and Assemblies of God to name a few. And many worshipers have been complying with the Covid-19 lockdown regulations by using online streaming services to worship. Even the president streamed the Easter weekend services online.

Read more: 8 local churches that will stream their services online

However, the illegal gatherings of churches have still been occurring, from wedding services to church sermons, and police have been doing their best to ensure they locate such gatherings and disperse congregants immediately – often leading to the arrest of many.

This police officer, however, received praise from South Africans, with many admiring his decency and good character for asking permission from God before arresting the man of God, who was breaking the lockdown rules.

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