Church vandalised twice

2018-04-03 06:02
Grassy Park New Apostolic Church was broken into and vandalised twice in a matter of days last month.

Grassy Park New Apostolic Church was broken into and vandalised twice in a matter of days last month.

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“This is a huge disgrace. How do you have the heart to vandalise and steal from the holy house of God?”

These are the words of an angry resident of Grassy Park after a recent break-in at Grassy Park New Apostolic Church. The religious house situated in Diemans Road, just off 8th Avenue, was broken into and vandalised twice in a matter of days, with the latest incident leaving the inside of the premises damaged.

Bishop Anthony Christian Hartzenberg, a representative from the church, says the premises were broken into between 18 and 21 March, and again on Thursday 22 March. “There are unfortunately no cameras on the premises, so the suspects are unknown to us. The church’s amplifier and proxima were stolen, and some of the benches and windows were damaged and smashed. Some of the damages were repaired and the rest will be done in due course,” he explains­.

Hartzenberg says despite the challenges they have had to face, they are continuing with all activities at the church, including their divine services.

Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith from Grassy Park Police Station says a case of robbery has been opened and is currently being investigated. No suspects have been arrested as yet.

“Grassy Park police can confirm the two break-ins at the church during the month of March. The suspect is unknown to us. Police strongly condemn the vandalism and break-ins and urge the community to come forward with any information, and not to buy stolen goods as this is a criminal offence. We also further appeal to secondhand traders to inform police if the same people on a regular basis are trying to sell goods at their stores or places of distribution.”

V Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Grassy Park Police Station on 021 700 3900.


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