4 church bells stolen on West Rand

2011-12-05 12:08

Johannesburg - The bells of four West Rand churches have been stolen in the past month, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday.

"Our churches are under attack by criminals," Lutheran church minister Johannes Motlhatlhedi told the publication.

"Other churches had depended on our church bell to start their own services."

Another reverend said that although congregants had watches and clocks in their homes, they depended on church bells to alert them to when services were about to start.

The four targeted churches were Pentecostal Holiness, St Paul, Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran.

Methodist church steward Dennis Nhlapo said they could not understand how its "big bell could have slipped out that easy".

"Our bell was so big five people could not carry it."

He said congregants had searched for the bell at local scrap yards, but had not found it.

The newspaper said the perpetrators attempted to steal the United Reform church's bell, but failed because it was higher up and well-secured. The thieves resorted to taking the church's clock instead.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-05 12:27

    I guess they blame the Devil...

      Michael - 2011-12-05 12:41

      Yes, criminals are the devil.

      northsgn - 2011-12-05 12:52

      yes the devil

      Maai - 2011-12-05 14:30

      Leave Juju out of this...

  • pieter.haasbroek - 2011-12-05 12:51

    Given all the corruption and thievery constantly being exposed amongst the members of our infamous police services it may serve to go look around in the back yards of a few high ranking police servants working in the areas affected....

  • nhlakazondi - 2011-12-05 12:54

    Really?! They resorted to stealing a clock when they couldn't get the bell! I wonder what they plan on doing with the bells - resell them? To who? Interesting times we live in indeed - nothing to be surprised by though.

      Samuel - 2011-12-05 13:20

      Church bells are solid brass

  • Derk - 2011-12-05 12:55

    give that man 4 bells

      northsgn - 2011-12-05 13:03


  • Eric - 2011-12-05 13:03

    I would like to know exactly what gives you the right to ring a loud bell every Sunday morning?

      Michael - 2011-12-05 13:08

      the same thing that gives you the right to express yourself on public forums such as this one. No matter how backwards and stupid...

      Mike - 2011-12-05 13:13

      Hence all you comments Michael!

      Michael - 2011-12-05 13:16

      Well observed daniel. Give yourself a pat on the back.

  • Michael - 2011-12-05 13:09

    wow, a whole thread removed, guess news24 saw that one heading south...

  • Ntiyiso Nkanyani - 2011-12-05 13:47

    mama need a house, baby need some shoes, times are gettin hard, guess what I'mma do, hustle, hustle, hustle, HARD!! Lol, eh church bells? Yo

  • Marion - 2011-12-05 13:57

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee... so pay the toll when you get caught...

  • Sharon - 2011-12-05 18:14

    There is nothing as sad as seeing a church with 7 spike palisade fencing and knowing that the church would be locked up tight, probably with an alarm system activated. What a sad decrepid society we are, that not even a house of worship is safe from criminals.

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