Pretoria, 21 December, 2020 / 4:20 pm (ACI Africa).
A reported surge in COVID-19 cases alongside deaths in religious communities in South Africa is a cause for concern, the leadership of the Conference of Catholic Sisters in the country has said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.
In the December 18 statement, the officials of the Conference urge members of the various Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic Life in South Africa to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.
“As the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life (LCCLSA), we are deeply hurt by the loss of lives under this spell of COVID-19,” the officials say in the collective statement signed by LCCLSA President, Sr. Nkhensani Shibambu.
They highlight Sisters who have succumbed to COVID-19 in recent days saying, “It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the death of six Sisters from the Daughters of Saint Francis in Port Shepstone, Marianhill Diocese. Sisters Elmara Skhakhane FSF, Leonissa Nzimande FSF (78), Colleta Msomi FSF (78), Anastasia Mthetwa FSF (86), Amara Madlala FSF (75) and Edmunda Nkomo FSF (80) passed away as a result of COVID-19.”
The named Sisters, LCCLSA leadership says, “all died within a period of a week, from 10-17 December 2020.”