Courts frustrated by noisy event

2010-12-24 00:00

WORSHIP, dance and gospel messages presented through the joint efforts of a number of local churches at the City Square yesterday may have been welcome to some local residents, but for the courts the noise levels were described as a nightmare.

A staff member at the high court, whose department is responsible for handling prosecutions for the whole of KZN, said they had been able to read through only five pages of the docket they were reviewing from 8 am to 12 noon.

“It is absolutely frustrating. The windows were actually rattling from the music … I don’t understand how the municipality can approve events to be held here during the week.”

Other court employees agreed, but said that the situation is not as bad as last year, where almost every Friday something took place in the area.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Pastor Greg Smerdon of God’s Family Life Centre Community Church said the event was initiated after suggestions by a local businessman who wanted city churches to conduct prayers for the city.

Smerdon said they followed all the proper channels to host the gathering, which included getting approval from the municipality, disaster management and police, as well as getting approval for the music.

He added that the programme was in line with the moral regeneration movement, which promotes sound moral values, as proposed by President Jacob Zuma.

Acting manager for Msunduzi disaster management, Graham Ngcongo, who is on leave, said he did not know the conditions surrounding the approval of this particular event, but usually the renting of the premises is approved on condition that the stage is set up far from the courts towards Langalibalele Street.

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