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Criminals target places of worship


July. 09, 2020

Democratic Liberal Congress leader, Patrick Pillay, this week, condemned the burglaries at various places of worship and stated that these criminals must face the full might of the law.
Religious places have become soft targets for thieves, more especially during the winter months and the lockdown period.
The recent burglary at the SS Jothi Linga Mandebam has left its members reeling in shock when it was discovered that thousands of rands worth of groceries, cutting machinery, brassware and other assets were stolen.
The DLC empathised with the temple organisation head, Guru Suri Govender, for their great loss. “No organisation or person should have to go through the trauma of having their property burgled. Religious organisations rely solely on donations and to have their stuff stolen is a great loss to the institution and its members,” said Cllr Pillay.
He explained that the spike in burglaries recently, especially at places of worship, have increased tremendously.
“Criminal elements have become brazen and have targeted these vulnerable organisations. Organisations are urged to remain vigilant and tighten up their security to prevent criminals from breaking in,” added Cllr Pillay.
Guru Govender stated that this incident has had a major setback for the organisation and its members.
“The lockdown period has provided criminals with an ideal opportunity to pounce on our temple and rob our community of its much-needed religious and community services. We are saddened with our loss of valuable assets. Our temple has come a long way since the laying of its foundation. Our devotees have worked very hard and made great sacrifices to develop this religious organisation during trying times,” said Guru Govender.
She further expressed her gratitude to the DLC for always coming to the call of the organisation.
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