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Controversial bishop vows to take legal action against mandatory vaccination

15 December 2021 - 07:35
Durban Zionist Bishop Timothy Bheki Ngcobo says marches have been planned nationwide against mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.
Durban Zionist Bishop Timothy Bheki Ngcobo says marches have been planned nationwide against mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.
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Controversial Durban Zionist Bishop Timothy Bheki Ngcobo has vowed to protest in several cities against the “mandatory vaccine injustice” being rolled out in SA which he deems to be unconstitutional. 

Ngcobo spoke to TimesLIVE after penning an open letter on Monday to President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce motorcade and prayer protests starting on Friday to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“This letter serves to inform you that God’s Church Must Rise (GCMR) will embark on a massive motorcade demonstration to the Union Buildings to submit a petition and memorandum against the mandatory vaccine injustice being rolled out on our citizens,” read the letter. 

Members of GCMR and concerned citizens plan to protest next week at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and in Gqeberha and Cape Town.

“Our main issue is that we cannot trust this treatment. This treatment is an experiment and should be tested on animals, not humans,” he charged.

Ngcobo said making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory went against the constitution and would be challenged in court.

“Some people who have taken the vaccine have died, so how is it protecting us?” he said.

“We are compiling a formal court document to fight this. It's not just a matter of a march or protests. We are serious about taking this matter to court to stop government forcing people to vaccinate.”

He said even though Covid-19 was a global pandemic, it did not supersede the constitutional right of South Africans. 

“This is a democratic country so we cannot be compelled to take a vaccine.”

He argued that citizens were being kept in the dark about what the vaccines contained, and said government could not be held liable for a person’s death after they were vaccinated. 

“If you cannot be held liable that tells me you are playing with our lives. Why must we be forced to be vaccinated? We have a choice. It is our body.”

Ngcobo was arrested in May 2020 for allegedly violating lockdown regulations after he left home to go to a mountain to pray.

He remained mum on what the memorandum would contain when it was handed over at the Union Buildings. 

“We are going to have a strategic planning meeting on Thursday,” he said. 

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