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First Dutch Reformed Church now Muslim

By Sapa | Apr 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

The conversion of the first Dutch Reformed Church in Johannesburg into a Muslim school has caused an uproar among Langlaagte residents.

City Press reported that the church was "the latest casualty" of the migration of Afrikaans-speakers from Johannesburg's inner city suburbs.

Reverend Hennie van Rooyen told the newspaper the church was sold to Muslim buyers because its maintenance was too high.

"I wish it could've been different but we can't afford hundreds of thousands of rands to maintain the building," he said.

"And the demography of the area has changed to a predominantly Indian community."

Bishop Ryan Sooknunan, a pastor who used to rent the church for his independent Pentecostal church services, accused Van Rooyen and the Dutch Reformed Church of violating an agreement made with him by selling the church.

He threatened to take legal action and would arrange a march in protest of the sale. He also lambasted Van Rooyen's congregation for allowing a "foreign religion" to move into the building. The church grounds also contain the graves of its first minister.

Van Rooyen said the deed of sale specified that the building's historical nature would be respected.

COMMENTS [ 8 ]

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Indians got money

Apr 16, 2012 9:59 | 0 replies
Apr 16, 2012 10:40 | 0 replies

haai kabi but i would not like the mosque next to my house either imagine having to daily deal with the noise " WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELE .....................................WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALA...................Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiila!!!!!!!!!!!! no no that will not do!!!

Apr 16, 2012 1:53 | 0 replies

Muslims are taking over, everything, soon they will take the Government from ANC

Apr 16, 2012 2:2 | 0 replies

@papage - Then they will persecute the Christians

Apr 16, 2012 2:43 | 0 replies

LoL Papage, Maneater and Shredder you guys rock!!!

Apr 16, 2012 3:48 | 0 replies

Papage and Shredder, I dont know whether to laugh or feel sorry for both of you.Why would Muslims persecute Christians in South Africa?LOL.You people are out of touch with reality.

Apr 16, 2012 4:38 | 0 replies

Mislims are spending their money on magnificent buildings - christians are spending their money on starving muslims in Somalia.

May 28, 2012 7:55 | 0 replies