Stained glass windows damaged

2016-02-04 06:00
<The stained glass Jesus figure in one of St Katharine’s windows has been shot at and damaged beyond repair. The church is targeted by vandals and is considering blocking the public out with high walls. Photo: SUPPLIED

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St Katharine’s Anglican Church in Market street, Uitenhage, has been the target of vandals for the past few years. The latest incident is the worst, as priceless irreplaceable stained glass windows have been shot out.

“It is damaged beyond repair. Our church is feeling saddened and frustrated as we prepare for 150 year celebration next year,” said Reverend Rob Behrens.

Apparently the church has continually been a victim of vandals over the last few years.

“Our pleas for help go unanswered by the municipality and local community.”

On numerous occasions the Reverend has come across condoms, foetuses and drug paraphernalia on the church property.

“The response from the community has been ‘its your property you sort it out.’ Yet the town benefits from the heritage site. Often we have people taking photos for their weddings or matric.

It has now become even worse. I often see people who are unaware I am there, urinating and leaving their faeces.

“It saddens me the number of times people use this place as their toilet. I have seen them squatting behind the wall only to hastily run when they realise I am there,” said Rev. Behrens.

During the latest incident of vandalism, not only were the stained glass windows damaged beyond repair, but glass vases were smashed and lights broken.

“The only choice we have as a church is to block the public out with high walls. Close off access that the community may no longer enjoy the open grounds and beauty of the stone structure.”

The public are requested to report any criminal activities spotted at St Katharine’s Church grounds in Market Street.

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