All-night prayer service has people across city fuming

2014-05-27 00:00

PROMPTED by what they described as モdreadful noiseヤ emanating from Curries Fountain Stadium adjacent to the Durban Botanical Gardens, irate Bulwer residents took to municipal call centres and Facebook to air their complaints.

By yesterday afternoon, a single post on the Bulwer Community Safety Forum Facebook group garnered more than 60 posts of complaints regarding sound that came from the stadium on Friday night.

A Glenwood resident, who spoke to The Witness but asked not to be named, said: モI live close to the university and the service could be heard throughout the night on Friday into Saturday.ヤ

A prominent pastor who preaches on local TV channels, Pastor Mukhuba, held a Durban Crusade and Prayer night at the stadium, on Thursday from 4?pm to 10?pm and on Friday from 8?pm to 5?am.

The event was said to have drawn large crowds.

Residents posting on the Bulwer Facebook group aired their frustrations and questioned who was responsible for the sound and how it was authorised.

Robbie Ribeiro posted: モCanメt believe that this is allowed, we need to flood them, cannot allow another night.ヤ

Dozens more posted similar comments regarding the sounds coming from the stadium, while others called the municipality and police.

In contrast, a post on the pastorï¾’s Facebook page advertising the service drew more than 150 comments from those who attended the event and others who showed their support.

Hlengiwe Zungu-Dlamini commented on the advert, saying: モThank you, a crusade and whole night prayer in Durban. Iメm glad I was part of it, please also come to Pietermaritzburg, Amen.ヤ

Nondumiso Ndumo Luthuli said: モI thank God for the deliverance I got yesterday. I feel light, Iメm so glad I came. We thank God for you maメam.ヤ

The event was said have followed due protocol and was organised with consent from the municipality.

The eThekwini Municipality had not commented on the noise issue by the time of going to press.

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