Graffiti, litter at church ‘uncalled for’

2017-05-16 06:00
Andre Allies and Arthur Petersen of the Good Shepard Church in Kensington at a piece of graffiti on the church wall.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Andre Allies and Arthur Petersen of the Good Shepard Church in Kensington at a piece of graffiti on the church wall.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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The leaders of the Good Shepard Church in Kensington say they are disturbed by new graffiti on the wall of the church building and the growing pile of garbage dumped on the church premises.

People’s Post saw over 10 bags full of garbage packed on the pavement area and studied the unreadable graffiti on the wall.

A church leader, priest Andre Allies, says the dumping and vandalism signify disrespect and undermine the congregation at large.

He says this problem only started two weeks ago when members of the congregation noticed two bags of garbage left unattended. Two graffiti signs or signs also appeared on the wall.

“I have no idea what these mean. It is not just here but we see it around, it’s becoming common in Kensington and we want someone to explain to us what they mean and to remove it from this wall.

“We also appeal to community members to stop dumping on our premises and we ask the City council to help clear the garbage out and investigate whoever is responsible,” says Allies.

Arthur Petersen, the caretaker at the church, says it is disturbing that people show so much disrespect for the church and even go as far as vandalising it.

He says the dirt is bringing rats to the church grounds and causing a bad odour which is now affecting about 400 churchgoers.

Petersen has been a caretaker at the church for many years and says he has never experienced these kinds of problems before.

“This is totally uncalled for and I do not know what kind of person can actually do this.

“We would like the City of Cape Town to investigate this and make sure it does not happen again,” he says.

Ward councillor, Helen Jacobs says she was aware of the reported matter and the has been forwarded to the City of Cape Town.

“The dumping and graffiti was brought under my attention. I reported it to the relevant authorities. I will follow up,” she says.

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