Ten churches found operating illegally in Yeoville, Johannesburg have been shut down.
Johannesburg Metro Police officers raided about twenty churches in Yeoville following numerous complaints of extremely loud music, overcrowding of pavements and obstruction to the roads.
Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar warns places of worship that fail to comply with the city’s by-laws that they’ll face serious consequences.
Minaar says, “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.”
Illegal Church Operation conducted by @JoburgMPD, #SAPS & CRUM in Yeoville & Surrounding areas.
1 pulpit, 1 keyboard, 1 mixer, 2 speakers, 2 cordless mics, 2 mics
1 mic stand & 1 speaker stand
Impounded at Faith Tabernacle Ministry on Fortesque & Francis Str. pic.twitter.com/9nT1h83PkU
— David Tembe (@AsktheChiefJMPD) 29 September 2019
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 registerer of Churches.
— Mosa Sono (@BishopMosaSono) 29 September 2019