Violence flares up

2016-07-20 06:00
THE torched building used by the Fountain of Love Ministries is on the right. The shack on the left is used by the House of Redemption Church. Photo: Teboho Setena

THE torched building used by the Fountain of Love Ministries is on the right. The shack on the left is used by the House of Redemption Church. Photo: Teboho Setena

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A BITTER BATTLE over the right of occupation of site 52292 in Phase 3 in Bloemfontein has turned violent.

Two residents have been arrested and a building used by the Fountain of Love Ministries was torched on Sunday (17/07).

The torched building belongs to one of the two churches occupying the site in question in Ward 12 of the Mangaung Metro.

The other structure, which is a shack, is used by the House of Redemption Church.

Sgt. Ikobeng Hlubi, spokesperson of the Mangaung Police Cluster, said the two persons arrested had been charged with malicious damage to property and the disruption of on-duty police members maintaining law and order.

The two were to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (19/07).

Express was told the building used by the Fountain of Love Ministries was torched by outraged residents on Sunday.

Tempers flared between representatives of the church and four residents, who were issued with letters to adjust their yard to make provision for the Fountain of Love Ministries headed by Past. Thabile Mashego. Those issued with notices to adjust their yards are occupants of the following sites: 4269, 4268, 4267 and 5229.

The letters visibly bear the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s letterhead (with a stamped date of 2016-07-05) and are accompanied by another letter from Edem & Associates Inc., a law-firm apparently representing the Fountain of Love Ministries.

The notice to the four occupants reads:

“Relocation of boundaries at 52292 Chris Hani and work done by Edem & Associates Inc. You are hereby informed that the boundary pegs, as revealed by the Land Survey, are correct and you’re therefore requested and advised to adjust your yard accordingly.”

The letter from Edem & Associates Inc. reads: “This is to confirm and clarify that the boundaries’ beacons of the abovementioned erf 52 292, Mangaung Ext. 23 (Chris Hani), have been surveyed and allocated/re-established by me in accordance with the provision of the Land Survey Act (Act 8 of 1997) and the regulation framed thereunder on this day of March 2016. I further confirm that all these beacons were marked out accordingly and shown to the property owner(s)/client(s) whose name appears on this certificate.”

Express’s efforts to get a comment from Edem & Associates were futile, as the mobile phone went unanswered.

Residents told Express that they were surprised with the allocation of the site (52292) to the church after they had been informed it was earmarked for a park according to the town plan, adding that two residents who had previously occupied the erf had been relocated to another section.

Masabata Matsemelela, Ward 12 councillor, said that, to her knowledge, the site had been earmarked for a park, as per the town plan.

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