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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Criminals target churches

From I Luv SA: (source: IOL)

Such is the sheer volume of criminals roaming our streets, the squeeze for new sources of income is pushing criminals into areas we previously deemed safe (as if anywhere in South Africa is totally safe). A night out to restaurants has became an exercise in looking at the door repeatedly to gauge the content of the clientèle entering. Now crime has arrived at another soft target: churches. Recently two priests were murdered and we posted about a dairy farm that had to close due to crime. It has become so that you must remember to take your gun with you when you go to church. Place your trust in your god if you must that you won't become a victim but it wouldn't hurt to bring Messrs Smith and Wesson along all the same.

An armed gang walked into a Randburg church service on Wednesday evening, shot and wounded a man and then robbed other worshippers, Johannesburg police said.

"Eight men and one woman armed with firearms entered the church and took cellphones and money from members of the congregation at the Riversong church," said Captain Douglas Trollip.

"Then they took the caretaker to his room which is on the same premises. They took his DVD player and cellphone and then they shot him in the face."

Earlier, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the 50-year-old man was shot "execution-style" in the mouth and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

"A 19-year-old girl was apparently pistol-whipped by one of the robbers. She sustained minor head injuries and is in a stable condition," said Vermaak.

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