JMPD raids 144 ‘illegal churches’, some of them dealing in drugs

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JMPD raids 144 ‘illegal churches’, some of them dealing in drugs

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The presence of illegal churches, drug-dealing churches, unregistered and noncompliant churches and noisy churches will no longer be tolerated in the City of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) chief David Tembe revealed yesterday that noise pollution, illegal water and electrical connections, the absence of waste management and obstruction of traffic were just some of the complaints the JMPD had acted on in the raids of 144 churches, which had so far resulted in the closure of 16. The rise in “glee” or “rapture” churches in suburbs – with accompanying blaring speakers and clogged streets, among other issues, until late in the night – has had many suburban residents wishing a plague upon them. Rogue churches aside, there were concerns with how JMPD had...


 


 


 

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