A pastor at a church in Diepsloot has died after an armed gang invaded his church and opened fire, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng has said. According to SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the incident occurred on Friday just before midnight.
NO ARRESTS MADE IN GANG’S KILLING OF PASTOR
SAPS has now launched a murder investigation, in the wake of the pastor’s killing. As things stand, the suspected gang members haven’t been arrested yet and a manhunt has been launched.
“The police in Gauteng are on the lookout for about five armed suspects who stormed into a church in Diepsloot and fired shots that led to the death of the pastor and the injury of two congregants. The suspects then robbed the congregants of their personal belongings before fleeing the scene on Friday, 14 October 2022, at approximately 23:45”SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
Masondo says about 50 congregants were busy worshipping when five unknown men entered the church and started to shoot randomly. They also robbed the congregants of their cash and cell phones.
“Three of the people who were shot, including the pastor, were taken to a local medical centre where the pastor died on arrival. The other two are in serious but stable condition. A case of murder, attempted murder and business robbery has been opened and police are searching for the suspects. Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist in the apprehension of suspects to please call the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111,” he adds.