President Cyril Ramaphosa will join an online Good Friday liturgy led by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, His Grace Thabo Makgoba, the Presidency announced in a statement on Friday morning.
The service will start at 12h00 and will be aired live on SABC TV and radio. SABC will provide the feed to other channels as well.
The Presidency said, “President Ramaphosa will join the Good Friday liturgy from his home in Johannesburg. He will, at the invitation of the Archbishop, deliver an Easter message at the conclusion of the assembly.”
DStv Easter channel
Restrictions imposed by the national state of disaster and the lockdown mean that there will be no mass church gatherings during this year’s Easter weekend.
On Thursday, DStv launched a special Easter pop-up channel for Christian faithfuls which is airing on channel 344.
The Africa Easter Channel was launched in collaboration with TBN Africa (DStv channel 343) and will run until Monday, 13 April.
It features prominent gospel artists such as Rebecca Malope, Dr Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Hillsong and William McDowell, among others.
‘Observe Easter from home’
The channel will also air recorded messages from various churches, including the Methodist, Anglican and Catholic churches.
Announcing the decision in late March, MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela said, “As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies as we afford worshippers [a chance] to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes.”
TBN Africa’s managing director Lucky Mbiko added, “We have responded to this call by partnering with churches and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible.”
On Thursday evening, Ramaphosa announced a two-week extension of the lockdown until the end of April.
He said the government didn’t take the decision lightly, adding, “Simply put, if we end the lockdown too soon, or too abruptly, we risk a massive and uncontrollable resurgence of the disease.
“We risk reversing the gains that we have made over the last few weeks, and rendering meaningless the great sacrifices that we have all made.”