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COVID-vaccines – must churches give info to Government?

Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) is aware that certain Provincial Health Departments are writing to faith-based leaders to request information on the number of church leaders (Bishops, Reverends and Pastors) over 60 years old, or over 18 and suffering from co-morbidities, so that they can order the correct quantities of vaccinations for COVID-19.  We are unsure of the specific purpose for this request, given that everyone over 60 or with co-morbidities can get the vaccine at Stage 2 of the vaccine roll-out programme.

ALERT: Proposed Amendments to the Equality Act: Call to Action!

  PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE EQUALITY ACT: CALL TO ACTION!   The Department of Justice has released the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill (the Amendment Bill) for public comment until Wednesday, 12 May 2021....

The JCC’s recent decision against the Chief Justice

Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) has taken note of the decision by the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) on 4 March 2021 in the respective complaints by Africa 4 Palestine, SA BDS Coalition and Women’s Cultural Group against Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (CJ), following certain comments made by the CJ in a webinar hosted by The Jerusalem Post.

ALERT: Help Keep Religious Gatherings Open

Dear Friend, FOR SA vs COGTA Minister & Others – what happened?  As you may well be aware, all faith-based gatherings were banned on 29th December, 2020 under the (amended) Adjusted Level 3 regulations.  FOR SA subsequently filed papers in the...

Press Release: GOVERNMENT AVOIDS COURT, OPENS UP RELIGIOUS SERVICES

PRESS RELEASE 2 February 2021 For immediate distribution GOVERNMENT AVOIDS COURT, OPENS UP RELIGIOUS SERVICES Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) welcomes last night’s announcement by the President and the subsequent amendments to the Adjusted Level 3...

Press Release: FOR SA GOES TO COURT TO OPEN UP PLACES OF WORSHIP

PRESS RELEASE 26 January 2021 For immediate distribution FOR SA GOES TO COURT TO OPEN UP PLACES OF WORSHIP Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) has yesterday issued papers in the Johannesburg High Court to ask that Government’s current and indefinite ban on...

FOR SA talks about what parents can do about CSE now

FOR SA’s Legal Counsel, Adv Nadene Badenhorst, talks about Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in public schools in 2021. She explains that, while Sexuality Education is a mandatory component of Life Orientation / Life Skills (a compulsory subject in the CAPS...

The “cancel culture” strategy to silence freedom of speech

By Michael Swain, FOR SA Executive Director There has been a lot of discussion on the FOR SA Facebook page (@FreedomOfReligionSA) recently about “free speech”. This followed, in particular, FOR SA’s article on attempts by trans activists to sanction Dr Sybrand de Vaal...