ALERT: Feedback on FOR SA’s court case against COGTA Minister

by FORSA Admin
26 November 2021

Dear Friend,
 
On behalf of the FOR SA team, I want to thank you for your prayers and support for our Court case against Government, challenging the complete ban on religious gatherings (earlier this year) when other gatherings at casinos, cinemas, restaurants etc. were allowed to continue. 
 
We are tired after three intense days in court.  However, we are satisfied that we (and the amazing legal team representing us) could not have presented our case better on behalf of the millions of people in SA who believe that the opportunity to gather together to worship is an essential part of their faith.
 
Watch this video to see Adv Adrian Botha SC present FOR SA’s arguments to the Johannesburg High Court on why the complete ban on religious gatherings was unconstitutional, and unfairly discriminated against the religious community.  Watch our reply (presented by Adv Richard Crompton, and Adv Reg Willis) to the State’s arguments here.

Photo above is of the FOR SA team and the incredible team of external lawyers who dedicated enormous amounts of time and high-level expertise to this case. From top left to right: Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Daniela Ellerbeck, Adv Ntombi Mncube, Michael Swain, Adv Richard Crompton, Adv Adrian Botha SC, Madelein Botha (attorney), and Adv Reg Willis.

It is hard to say how the Judge will find. Please keep praying for him to have a clear, unbiased mind and an understanding of the issues – particularly the importance of faith – as he prepares his judgment. We do not know how long it will take before this judgment is released, but the Judge assured us that he would attend to this as soon as possible. 
 
FOR SA deeply appreciates all your prayers and support in this matter.  Thank you for standing with us for faith and freedom!  To donate towards this specific case into our attorney’s trust account, please use the following details:
 
Account name: Bliden Campbell Incorporated
Bank: ABSA
Account #: 4069675230
Branch code: 630509
RefFOR SA v COGTA Minister
 
To donate to FOR SA’s work in general, please see https://forsa.org.za/donate/

Warm regards,
Michael Swain
Executive Director, FOR SA

 


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