Anger after Durban nativity scene vandalised

2014-12-22 14:28

Durban - A baby doll depicting Jesus at a nativity scene display in Durban's upper-class Westville suburb has been ripped from its crib, the Daily News reported on Monday.

All that was left behind in the crib according to the afternoon daily was the doll's arm.

The vandalism to the nativity scene, which was discovered on Saturday, had left organisers fuming, the newspaper reported.

The display was put together by volunteers about two weeks ago.

Helen Canon, who has managed the display for the past nine years, wrote on the Upper Highway Facebook page: "To the hooligans who stole baby Jesus and a sheep, you are really not funny or clever at all! What pleasure do you get from trashing your own neighbourhood? Please do the right thing and return them."

According to the report a cow's tail had been ripped off, a shepherd's coat stolen, and Joseph's beard had been removed.

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-12-22 14:35

    A few years ago they burnt it

      Herman de Waal - 2014-12-22 14:52

      the Grinch is at work again... lol

      SheilanDerek de Beer - 2014-12-22 14:52

      This. happens. every. year ... you need a security guard... This is South Africa ..!!!

      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-22 15:45

      At least they didn't steal the baby, or worse...

      Marlene Black - 2014-12-22 16:48

      The steal the baby - left his arm behind.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:48

      Why do you need a security guard. Surely god protects Christian stuff. Oh wait.

      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-23 07:04

      @Marlene Black. Sorry, it appears I didn't have my reading glasses on. My sincere apologies.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:20

      Bosun. Why would God protect any worldly goods let alone religions iconography? Is this our famous troll come back? Where have you been for a few weeks?

  • Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 14:40

    Vandalism of any kind is to be condemned and I hope they catch the perpetrators. I assume it was on private and not public property.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 14:50

      The reason I raise the issue of public property is that people cannot simply go around erecting religious iconography in public spaces. If it is on someone's private property then that is fine but if it was on the pavement at a public intersection then it is a no no. Vandalising it remains a disgraceful act. If someone has a valid objection then they should take the matter up with the authorities.

  • Robert Sidney - 2014-12-22 14:46

    Darn atheists

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:40

      How would you know. Could be Muslims, Hindus or Jehovah's Witnesses.

      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-23 07:05

      @Bosun's Pincher. It was meant as a joke.

  • theJoPot - 2014-12-22 14:48

    Don't get me wrong, what they did was not cool. But having driven past that display, it was darn scary. Also, not everybody is christian. That said, nobody has the right to vandalise anyone else's property.

      Gary Bloom - 2014-12-22 15:17

      they always look like they're striking a pose for a cover of a rap CD. Uncool.....juves and booze.....

  • martha.pezu - 2014-12-22 14:55


      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-22 15:46

      Explain. Oh please explain.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:50

      Rovert Seems your god is incapable of protecting his own.

      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-23 07:07

      @Bosun's Pincher. It appears that you are new here. What makes you think I do/don't conform to a god? Or are you just looking for a little attention?

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:22

      Robert. I'm looking at the syntax Bosun is using. S/he is not new here. This in one of two possible trolls that love to make stupid comments and get us all angry. I'm leaning towards the female troll right now ;)

      Robert Sidney - 2014-12-23 09:44

      @Nikki Downes. Thanks for the warning. I will ignore that one from now on.

  • Amanda Matthews - 2014-12-22 14:55

    Adolescents indigenous to the area ? Probably. It happened often when I lived there years ago .

  • George Sambo - 2014-12-22 15:07

    Bloody elephant jockeys who did that.

  • Andrew McLelland - 2014-12-22 15:18

    Why does this nativity scene look like something out of a rap video?

      Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 15:32

      It's the Holy Spirit making them act all crazy.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-22 15:20

    If persons did not like it, they should just ignore it, not damage the set up. Just have some respect for other's property.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:42

      If it is on public land it is illegal.

  • Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 15:24

    They were probably offended by the BIG lie.

      Lindeni Masuku - 2014-12-22 19:10

      What lie? It's TRUE that Jesus was born.

      Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 19:20

      Were you there?

  • MM - 2014-12-22 15:36

    not cool... but having said that.. stealing a sheet.. :-) did make me smile. Never the less, not sure whats up with a nativity scene... Not very Christian to be honest, God in the old testament strictly forbids building images of Him, so this seems to go against that. Mmm, worth a think.. what do other Christians think?

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:26

      I personally don't like the nativity scene for the same reason. I would term it as icons too (idols). *ducks the poisoned barbs about to be launched in response*

  • Jacques Jacobs - 2014-12-22 15:41

    What? You mean I can erect a scene from the Satanic death ritual on a street corner in my neighbourhood?

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:26

      The very thought of what would happen next ;D

  • Jacques Jacobs - 2014-12-22 15:43

    Stop forcing your religious bull on everyone. Not everyone in your neighbourhood is Christian. Ever thought that the scene might be offensive to Jews/Muslims/Hindu etc people in your neighbourhood? Or don't you care if it offends them?

      Ryan Davidson - 2014-12-22 16:12

      A nativity display offensive to Jewish, Muslims, and Hindu's?? Thats a bit short sighted don't you think? Even though South Africa is a secular democracy with freedom of religion, 79% of the population is Christian hence why the government still gives Christmas Day and Good Friday as public holidays. That being said I think the various religions showing off their traditions and cultures to the public should be encouraged not given grief as it can only encourage understanding about different faiths.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:55

      Ryan Just so it in church. Its embarrassing to see dead dumb superstitious crap in a public place. Next we will have Tooth Fairy and Tokoloshe believers wanting to erect displays in the street. The hawkers are bad enough without the having religions being peddled as well.

      Lindeni Masuku - 2014-12-22 19:12

      In other words it's them that destroyed the structure... .

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 20:34

      Lindeni Probably Satan ,demons, anti-Christ, Zuma, Tokoloshe on Jehovah's Witlesses did it.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:29

      It could give offense to even other Christians too. As the Bible does not instruct us to 1) celebrate the birth, 2) make nativity scenes, these are tradition only. Really not required in public

  • Stefan Muller - 2014-12-22 15:47

    Bosun's Pincher is correct. If it is a nativity scene on public property, it should never have been allowed in the first place. If it indeed is on public property, hopefully someone will take correctional action next year and have it banned - or allow the Satanic Church to have a display next to it: then you'll see the commotion going on. I'm sick and tired of being unwantedly exposed to any form of religion, directly or indirectly.

      Brigitte Liebenberg - 2014-12-22 16:14

      So I assume that you work all through Christmas and not a gift, card or special lunch is given to you on 25 December?

      Ian Harrison - 2014-12-22 16:19

      Gosh. Are you so easily contaminated? Hope you don't get exposed to 'flu.

      Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 16:58

      Shame, Brigitte thinks we have December break because of Christmas.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:45

      Brigette Christmas was originally a pagan festival hijacked by the people who made up Christianity..

      Brigitte Liebenberg - 2014-12-22 21:53

      @bosun - I know that and guess what - paganism is a religion too! And if it were not for Christmas, there would not be a general holiday worldwide in December. Companies would no doubt stagger their two or three week close which would cause less disruption in construction, manufacturing and a myriad of other industries. So go fogure!

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:35

      Bosun. It IS a pagan tradition that was merged into Christian tradition (note tradition and not religion) while trying to convert heathens. It was the festival of the SUN and was blurred into the birth of the SON. I think it's fairly easy to see how God fearing we all are not by the way we conduct ourselves on this 'holy day' with alcohol, excessive eating while people starve, bickering over plans for the day, and going bankrupt keeping up with the presents. Commercial cards with someone else's words meant to portray what we are saying.... Very far from a religious day indeed for the vast majority

      Lindani - 2014-12-24 02:58

      It has always been on municipal property. Why the city of eThekwini allows it baffles me since as part of a secular state they should not align with any religious group. Next thing we'll have the church/house of the flying spaghetti or tooth fairies asking for their nativity scenes.

  • Faith MadamFifi Sibisi - 2014-12-22 15:50

    Wow wu widv thawt lmao the rich and high and high and mighty wid hv such ghetto tendencies lmao welcome to South Africa where the rest of us hv bn living

  • Michael Atkins - 2014-12-22 15:54

    Why would the journalist describe Westville as, "an upper-class suburb"? What has that got to do with anything?

      Pumza Maseti - 2014-12-22 19:12

      I stay in westville Im not sure about the upper class story hey.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:38

      Gosh Pumza. It was a very upper class area. Hmmmm. Still must be beautiful tho

  • Tanrim Embers - 2014-12-22 16:09

    Oh. I thought it was an ad for an upcoming Die Antwoord concert...

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:39

      Die Antwoord???

  • neil.paterson.982 - 2014-12-22 16:26

    Praise God, we Christians are such a tolerant lot. Had Mohammad been slighted or had Buddha been called a fat bastard, all hell would have reigned down. So I'm led to believe!

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:46

      If a Satanist or Hindu shrine was erected in a public place you would be singing a different tune hypocrite.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 19:58

      Why is Mary and Jesus so white? Oh, I see, they live in a white suburb in Durbs. Don't want him to look like a Semite with a ark skin hey? Christian racists are oh so funny.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 08:40

      Ps. The real Buddah was not a fat man ;)

  • Andrew Ingram - 2014-12-22 16:41

    Wow you people are such busy bodies. It's not against the law, so calm yourselves. Thank you:)

  • Derek Chapman - 2014-12-22 16:43

    Sounds like the work of ISIS

  • Jean-Luc Stanic de Bribir - 2014-12-22 16:45

    I think we should JZ in the crib with Baleka and Mac the Liar on his side !

  • Lindeni Masuku - 2014-12-22 16:54

    As Christians, we trust in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit for our safety and security. They may have destroyed and stolen the material things that remind us where we come from, but deep down we know where we come from, who we are and where our eternal home is.We may be hard pressed but we are not crushed. God is God yesterday, today and tomorrow, with or without doll Jesus, Jesus is the Son of God. We ll be celebrating His birth on Thursday 25.12.2014. The Holy a spirit will keep us intact, this is nothing.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 17:47

      How come you god allowed them to steal the doll Jesus? I mean, yir god knows everything and he watched them stealing it and did nothing.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-23 23:31

      Bosun, that's too funny for words. God cares about dolls now? Are you serious?

  • Lebogang Sethibe - 2014-12-22 17:17

    How is this newsworthy?

      Lindani - 2014-12-24 03:24

      It was on several Durban radio stations, Post, New Age, IOL & News24 among others. It is one of the popular local sighting nativity scene for the Christians that celebrate Christmas in the area who normally go there to take their pictures. It's newsworthy to those who feel their religious rights have been violated. Personally any religious display and or practice should not be allowed in public place, especially on a government property.

  • Michael Mooney - 2014-12-22 17:17

    Ha ha ha im sorry its terrible but the way this story has been put together is hilarious

  • Michael Mooney - 2014-12-22 17:19

    Shannon u awful

      Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 18:03

      Mooney u looney

  • Raaz Abbubaker - 2014-12-22 18:30

    The people that did this have found Jesus.

      Bosun's Pincher - 2014-12-22 18:56

      LOL! And that is the only way anyone is going to find Jesus.

  • Duncan Pritchard - 2014-12-22 19:09

    That's hilarious

  • Pumza Maseti - 2014-12-22 19:10

    Boko haram

  • Xaxe Xixoxu - 2014-12-22 19:22

    That display looks so stupid man. is that picture beofre or after it was vandalised, you can't even tell. Good luck on having the thieves return the stolen good. And what is that rain coat that Mary is wearing. I'm assuming it's Mary. That doll looks so pale.

  • erika.howden.5 - 2014-12-22 19:28

    Bosun the real Jesus have come for lost soles !! But like Jesus said Father forgive Them ,for they don't known what they are doing ! You are a truly unwise person to mock the one and only Almighty , don't say you did not know the day when you will be accountable for your sole Like words out of a movie A king or a person may command a man to to this or that but his sole is his to keep!

      Dewald Deef Vorster - 2014-12-22 19:38

      Since we're forgiven it doesn't matter then, hey?

  • Ruan Cotty - 2014-12-22 20:41

    @Bosuns,to whom you ever pray to.don't mock our God.he created all of us and gave as the decision to do what's wrong or right .it's up to us.

  • Craig Wilson - 2014-12-22 22:43

    Save your sole, Erika! Wear Green Cross Medical sandals.

  • erika.howden.5 - 2014-12-23 08:26

    Think not that the strength of man shall ever be able to overcome the power of God.

  • Dwayne Grant - 2014-12-23 11:01

    Lol baby jesus was ripped from his crib.... how dramatic :p vandalism is not cool i agree... but really now :p those vandals are probably so stoked that they made the news

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