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Crime in SA rising attacks in churches sparks security concerns


In response to a series of alarming armed robberies targeting places of worship, a significant decision was reached during a meeting between Gauteng Community Safety MEC and representatives from various Faith-based Organizations.

The meeting, held in Boksburg yesterday, saw a resolution emphasising the potential adoption of card payments and electronic fund transfers (EFTs) as viable alternatives to cash transactions within churches across Gauteng.

The urgent need for this resolution was prompted by the recent tragic incident that claimed the life of Pastor Dwayne Gordon during a church service in Newlands, Johannesburg, last month.

The senseless act of violence, which also resulted in injuries to several congregants, highlighted the vulnerability of religious institutions to criminal activity.

At the meeting, which included three dedicated breakout sessions, participants engaged in comprehensive discussions on the escalating concerns surrounding security in places of worship. The deliberations culminated in the collective agreement that proactive measures were necessary to combat the scourge of crime that has instilled fear and uncertainty within the community.

As we approach the Easter weekend, churches are gearing up for large congregations.

Religious leaders are being advised to prioritise the safety of their members and themselves.

Recent killings of a caretaker in Phoenix and Catholic Priest William Banda have unsettled communities.

Crime in SA rising attacks in churches sparks security concerns

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