A church accused of trying to hijack land belonging to a school was attacked by pupils on Wednesday.
Pupils from Bokgoni Technical Secondary School in Atteridgeville, west of Tshwane, went on the rampage. They demanded that the church remove its tent.
They damaged the Conquerors Through Christ Ministry’s tent, saying it must go as it was built on their land.
According to the school’s principal, Puti Mathopa, the land was officially given to the school by the department of education in 1992.
It was for pupils to use for various sporting activities, particularly cricket and rugby.
Mathopa said the church wormed its way onto the property last December when they asked him for permission to host a five-day conference.
He said: “We agreed. But to our surprise they erected a new structure and fence instead of moving. When I confronted the pastor she slapped me with a court order preventing me from ever entering the premises.”
On Tuesday the pupils drafted a memorandum of grievances and gave it to the female pastor the next day.
She refused to sign it and the youths ran wild. They entered the church that afternoon and demanded answers from the pastor.
They held placards that read: “Church must go.”
The terrified pastor ran to her black Range Rover, but the pupils didn’t back down.
They threw stones at the vehicle, leaving her front windscreen smashed.
Councillor Daniel Swanepoel confirmed the land belonged to the school. “We are not against the church, but they must apply properly for land.”
“That land belongs to the school.
Erasmia police spokeswoman Constable Tumisang Moloto said a case of malicious damage to property was opened.
– Daily Sun