W­hen chur­ches get fen­ced off

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - S­te­fan Goo­sen

Has so­cie­ty be­co­me so cri­mi­nal that e­ven chur­ches ha­ve to start fen­cing off their pro­per­ty? T­his mig­ht just be the ca­se in Knys­na.

Ma­ny mo­to­ris­ts who use Knys­na’s Main Ro­ad on a dai­ly ba­sis ha­ve no­ti­ced the lar­ge spi­ked fen­ce being e­rected a­round St Ge­or­ge’s Ang­li­can C­hurch by now, and mig­ht al­so be con­fu­sed as to why the c­hurch is going to such lengt­hs to se­cu­re the grounds.

The c­hurch grounds are a fa­vou­ri­te of so­me re­si­dents who en­joy vie­wing the old gra­ves or who go for a lei­su­re­ly stroll through the beau­ti­ful gar­den. That mig­ht soon co­me to an end w­hen the fen­cing is com­ple­ted.

A theft from the c­hurch’s ro­se gar­den last y­e­ar, and the con­ti­nu­ous use of the grounds by the ho­me­less or va­grants mig­ht be the re­a­son for t­his. The c­hurch it­self has op­ted not to com­ment as to the re­a­son for the fen­cing, and ot­her chur­ches a­round Knys­na who we­re con­tacted either do not want to com­ment, or say they do not ex­pe­rien­ce the sa­me pro­blems that St Ge­or­ge’s mig­ht ex­pe­rien­ce.

Is it a fai­lu­re of so­cie­ty, or the po­li­ce, or the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty? Is the lack of a ho­me­less shel­ter in Knys­na a con­tri­bu­ting fac­tor? T­his is just one of the pro­blems that fa­ce Knys­na and its sur­rounds w­hen it co­mes to va­grants, and will be fol­lo­wed-up by the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald.

Fo­to: S­te­fan Goo­sen

T­he­se c­hurch grounds are a fa­vou­ri­te of so­me re­si­dents who en­joy vie­wing the old gra­ves or go for a lei­su­re­ly stroll through the beau­ti­ful gar­den. That mig­ht soon co­me to an end w­hen the fen­cing is com­ple­ted.

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