Other “irrational” rules the letter referred to related to casinos, which the church said could “fill 50% of their available floor space with persons. Our client is only allowed to fill 5% of their available floor space.
“This is clearly discriminatory and a violation of fundamental rights.”
The Word of Faith Christian Centre, which had been conducting drive-in services before the police’s statement last week, had to cancel the past weekend’s drive-in service after police responded to the letter, saying they would monitor and charge anyone found to be in contravention of the 50-people regulation.
The police’s response was also publicised by the church on Facebook.
Announcing the cancellation of Sunday’s drive-in service via a video on Facebook, Word of Faith pastor Jimmy Crompton said governments around the world were turning against Jesus Christ and that people needed to go to church.
“It’s a very sad day here in SA where we are told that the police will shut us down if we have church in the parking lot.
“I want to tell you, we’d better wake up. The devil is trying to take over the world, we’d better serve Jesus Christ,” Crompton said.
He urged people to attend church next Sunday, when multiple services in limited numbers of 50 or fewer less people would be held.
“If I have to, I’ll preach 10 times on Sunday.
“You need to come and serve the lord. We need to ride this storm and we pray that it will end shortly,” he said, adding that the church would obey the law.