Religious leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have launched a campaign at Bhambayi near Phoenix that is aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The area was a hotspot of racial tension during the July looting and violence.

Multi-faith leaders have now come together with the aim of uniting the residents of Bhambayi and Phoenix.

The General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, says they want to get at least 70% of congregants vaccinated by December.

KZN provincial government has taken the vaccine rollout to churches and hostels:

“In your family, in your neighbourhood, in your network out of 10 people make sure that are vaccinated because that way we are able to reach the festive period of December where we are able to do our normal social things. If we do not do that chances are we will probably find ourselves in what is called the 4th wave and when that happens it is possible there may be other variants that may even be resistant to the vaccines we now have and we just can’t afford that,” says Mpumlwana.

Ela Gandhi, a granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, says the campaign will also help in eradicating fake news.

“There are lots of myths that are going around and I think we should discard those myths and just have the vaccination so that society can be free of this virus. Unless a large number of people are vaccinated that virus will continue to mutate and affect the generations to come. The younger people, the little children will be affected by it,” says Gandhi.

Religious leaders launch a campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated in KwaZulu-Natal: