Christian group shifts vaccine mandate application to High Court

Pretoria High Court

The South African National Christian Forum (SANCF) has withdrawn its application to the Constitutional Court to interdict the government from mandating Covid-19 vaccinations and has refiled the application with the Pretoria High Court on an urgent basis.

“We are aware of what our double standard president is planning to do, and we are ready to fight for justice for all,” says the SANCF in a media statement announcing the latest developments with its interdict application.

“The position of SANCF is not that of opposing the vaccination, but ours is against enforcing it against the will of the people,” says the statement which argues that mandatory vaccination infringes citizens’ right to bodily and psychological integrity, in terms of Section 12 (2) of the Constitution which includes the right “not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent”.

In mid October the SANCF submitted an application to the ConCourt which told them the matter should first be heard in the High Court. After the forum made further representations to the ConCourt they were advised to submit a new application which they did on November 17.

Responding to questions in parliament on September 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will encourage people to get Covid-19 vaccinations but will not force them. He said he believes employees may refuse vaccinations on medical and constitutional grounds.

“No one should be forced to be vaccinated. Instead, we need to use the available scientific evidence to encourage –repeat encourage — people to be vaccinated to protect themselves, but also to protect people around them,” he said.

In an address to the nation on Sunday November 28 the president said government has been “undertaking engagements with social partners and other stakeholders on introducing measures that make vaccination a condition for access to workplaces, public events, public transport and public establishments”, and that Government would be consulting on making vaccination mandatory for “specific activities and locations”.

Following Ramaphosa’s address to the nation and calls by certain groups for mandatory vaccinations to be imposed on places of worship, Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) have advised the president that he is legally bound to consult with the religious sector before taking such action as constitutional rights to freedom of religion and the legal autonomy of religious institutions are at stake.

In its media statement SANCF questions the efficacy of the vaccine which it regards as a risky experimental intervention. It says: “”They’re telling the unjabbed to take a jab because the jab works.. And telling the jabbed to get a booster because the jab doesn’t work. All [the] while telling everyone that the unjabbed are putting the jabbed in danger by not getting a jab that didn’t protect the jabbed.”

  • UPDATE on ACDP application against vaccination of children
    In a post on the ACDP Facebook page which we saw at the time of going to press, the ACDP says that a full bench of High Court judges have been assigned to hear the case. The trial, which was postponed on November 10, is expected to start on Monday December 13 or Tuesday December 14.

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  1. Hugh George WETMORE

    All this fuss about whether the Government should ‘mandate’ vaccinations is beside the point for Christians. We Christians have submitted to our Master Jesus Christ who has already given us His Mandate: “A New Command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13;34). “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Great love has no one than this – that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command.” (John 15:12-14). It is a proven fact that most of those in hospital with Covid have not been vaccinated. Let us joyfully follow Jesus’ example and command by getting vaccinated for the sake of Others. If we suffer discomfort ourselves, then we are following Jesus who Himself suffered for our benefit. So we need not debate about what the Government says about Mandatory vaccination. Jesus has given us His Mandate to sacrifice ourselves out of love for Others.

    • I believe there is freedom in Christ to choose. Nowhere in the Word of God does he ever put such conditions on love that will expect us to harm our bodies(the temple of God) to display our love. Love is unconditionional. This is more a case of gambling with your life. In fact, when Satan tempted Jesus and suggested He should jump off the building in return for the angels protection, Jesus responded by saying “it is written, do not tempt the Lord Your God”. It is a well known fact by now, for those who have an ear to hear, that people (including the young healthy fit) are having severe adverse reactions from the jabs including paralysis and death. Knowing this and expecting someone to gamble with their life, cannot be defined as love for your brother – the suggestion that it is, is in itself contradicting brotherly love. And I’m saying this with as much love as I possibly can. Many would suggest that we take the jab to get our freedoms back – when Satan tempted Jesus and suggested He should bow down and worship Him in return for all the kingdoms of the world, Jesus said “you shall worship the Lord your God and only Him shall you serve”.
      Anything driven by fear(as is the jab) cannot be seen as from God as the Word says “I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” the only fear we should have is the reverent fear of God. We don’t prove our love by submitting to fear and manmade money-hungry solutions. Instead, love will have compassion and encourage faith. God’s Word is full of promises to protect us if we do not fear. When we allow fear to be our driving force, we deny ourselves the protection that God promises us in His Word. Godly discernment is key in this time as we also need to be cautious of the “pharmakeia” deception that the word speaks of in Rev 18v23.
      Have a beautiful God-filled day.

      • 👏👏👏👏👏 Our bodies are our temples as provided by God! It is our duty to look after and keep our bodies clean and free of contaminants! Particularly these profit driven mRNA gene changing therapy, that is being forced on the population. Why ? The WHO, FDA , CDC admit it does not prevent infection or spreading it ! So I will let my very perfect immune system given to me by God do it’s works!!!!’

  2. How can I say I love my brother, if I condone (or at least do not oppose) his being denied access to Christian fellowship because I have received the jab and he has not?