Thieves steal church pulpit and rare 120-year-old religious artefacts

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'We noticed that the first items were missing last Sunday, and when I opened the church on Wednesday morning, the other items were also gone.'

The church had recently provided a safe haven for people, including 85 children, displaced after a shack fire gutted homes in an informal settlement.

“It is not only a setback to heritage and religious traditions of the church, but disheartening knowing that the church, just in the past weeks, opened its doors to the displaced people of the Vlei and was instrumental in mobilising much needed aid and support for over 800 people,” said the church in a statement.Bock said there were no signs of forced entry and described the incident as a “walk-in”.

“These people came specifically for these items. The sound system and the speakers are out in the open, but they didn't steal these,” he said. The church is offering a R1,500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the items. Bock can be contacted on 073 303 1009.


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