Methodist Church to close doors to refugees

2014-12-23 08:19

The Methodist Church in central Joburg will be closing its doors to refugees by the end of December.

The New Age reported today that the church has been a home for refugees since xenophobia attacks occurred in the country a few years ago.

Bishop Paul Verryn said they were trying to find alternative accommodation for the 500 people living there.

“We are energetically looking for alternative accommodation. The leadership of the circuit says the church building should be used solely for the purposes of worship,” he said.

The people, however, disagreed with the move. They said they would fight the process as they had nowhere to go and were unemployed.

Blessing Mutezo said he would fight the process tooth and nail.

“Do they think they will succeed in kicking us out? I don’t think so. We will be waiting for them. Yes they told us that they don’t want us here any more. What about all of these mothers and their children?”

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