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Racism resumes again in South Africa

A Church in South Africa, Afrikaanse Protestante Kerk church in Orania, has barred blacks from attending service and also didn’t allow two black journalist entrances into the church on Sunday.

The church told the journalist that, “the church is only for whites”.

The journalists decided to attend the church before returning to Pretoria as they were on an assignment but they were denied entry by a church leader at the door by Mr Theunis Oukamp

According to Africa Review, Oukamp said allowing black people into an all-white church would be violating the “rights of Afrikaans people”.

“I am now in a difficult situation. You know that Orania, is only for white people, this is why we are here.

“You must understand I know you want to serve God and everything but I have to protect the rights of Afrikaans people. So I cannot let you in, you guys can go to any other church, but this one is only for white people,” Mr. Oukamp told the journalists.

The President of the South Africa Union Council of Independent Churches, Archbishop Modiri Patrick Shole, expressed shock that there was still segregation in the body of Christ, 23 years after apartheid ended.

“We don’t discriminate in church because before God we are one – whether white or black. I find it weird that we still have discrimination in the church,” he said.

Another Christian, Mr Langton Ndlovu, described the move as ‘diabolical’.

“This is demonic, in this day and age, I never thought this was real. That’s unacceptable. I wonder how they read the scripture that says “there is neither Greek nor Jew” but we’re one in Christ,” said Mr. Ndlovu.

“We don’t discriminate in church because before God we are one – whether white or black. I find it weird that we still have discrimination in the church,” he said.

Orania is an Afrikaans-only South African town in the arid Karoo region of the Northern Cape Province located along the banks of the Orange River.

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