#CleanupJoburg – We are done with Foreigners, Churches must go – 10 churches closed In Johannesburg

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A coordinated effort from Joburg's law enforcement agencies saw at least 10 churches shut down due to non-compliance with the City's by-laws.

Joburg’s law enforcement has ramped up its efforts of restoring law and order in the city and this time around, illegally-operated churches were the target of a coordinated Search-and-Seizure operation in Yeoville
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While there have been rumblings of protestation between SAPS and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) behind-the-scenes, much of the efforts shown by Joburg’s coordinated law enforcement operations have yielded exemplary results which prove that collaboration always triumphs.

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Targeted areas, such as Hillbrow, in the Joburg CBD, have still been subjected to routine raids, with scores of suspected drug dealers and illegal immigrants taken off the streets.

According to tweets from JMPD head, David Thembe, a total of 20 churches were raided in Yeoville and surrounding areas, on Sunday.

The purpose of this operation was to ascertain whether the places of worship were formally registered and had the relevant permits to operate their services.

This operation, Thembe revealed, was launched after locals in Yeoville complained about extremely loud music, overcrowding of pavements and obstruction to the roads.

Furthermore, JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, stated that 10 of these churches were found to be operating illegally.

“Ten of the churches were found to be operating illegally and approximately R500 000 worth of sound equipment were impounded. We want to urge places of worship to comply with by-law regulations,” Minnaar said.

While this was celebrated by ordinary South Africans, Bishop Mosa Sono, the Chair of the CRL Commission’s Interim Committee, raised concerns about the Yeoville church raids.

“I’m concerned of allegations concerning the JMPD closing down a church, alleging that the church needs to be registered with the CRL Commission. As chair of the Interim Committee, facilitating the CRL commission process, I am not aware of the CRL being a Registrar of Churches,” he tweeted.

Furthermore, JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, stated that 10 of these churches were found to be operating illegally.

“Ten of the churches were found to be operating illegally and approximately R500 000 worth of sound equipment were impounded. We want to urge places of worship to comply with by-law regulations,” Minnaar said.

While this was celebrated by ordinary South Africans, Bishop Mosa Sono, the Chair of the CRL Commission’s Interim Committee, raised concerns about the Yeoville church raids.

“I’m concerned of allegations concerning the JMPD closing down a church, alleging that the church needs to be registered with the CRL Commission. As chair of the Interim Committee, facilitating the CRL commission process, I am not aware of the CRL being a Registrar of Churches,” he tweeted.

According to our knowledge, no counter complaints have been placed against the City’s law enforcement by the owners of the affected churches.

-The SouthAfrican


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