Many people can surely admit to being late for a religious service at least once in their life. In the Eastern Cape, a scuffle ensued outside the church’s gates after parishioners reportedly arrived 15 minutes late. By the time the latecomers arrived, the church service had already begun and the gate had been closed.
In a video that has since gone viral, parishioners in Mdantsane demanded entry with one person pushing the gate open repeatedly, as another tries to close it.
WATCH: LATECOMER OPENS CHURCH GATE DURING SCUFFLE
The Daily Dispatch reported that the parishioners watched in dismay as the scuffle ensued between an older man and six latecomers who tried to gain entry to the morning service.
The video captures two members, reportedly from the Old Apostolic Church in NU8, the Eastern Cape. According to the publication, the church later claimed the gate had been forced off its railings.
‘YOU ARE BLESSED, BUT YOU WILL NOT GET IN’
In the video an older parishioner closes the gate, but a younger man dressed in a dark jacket and tie, can be seen pushing the gate open numerous times during the scuffle. In the background, the congregation can be heard singing a hymn as the service had already begun.
One man in the video is reportedly heard saying: “You will not get inside. I told you to go home. You are blessed, beloved, but you will not get in.”
A senior church leader, who asked not to be named, told Dispatch Live the men had a disagreement about latecomers who demanded entry into church grounds, but were refused after arriving 15 minutes late.
He added that congregants were asked to arrive early to have their hands sanitised and to be screened before the service began. The man reportedly said the church was dealing with the matter internally.
“The matter is still under investigation. Every church has its own rules, and we are trying to abide to COVID-19 regulations.”