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11 Jul 2020 | 10:45 AM UTC

South Africa: Church hostage situation reported in Zuurbekom (Gauteng province) July 11

South Africa News Alert

Ongoing police operation due to a hostage situation at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom (Gauteng province) on July 11; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/13/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Zuurbekom, Gauteng, South Africa


The International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom (Gauteng province) was reportedly attacked on Saturday, July 11, by a splinter group of the church. Police sources state that 30 suspects have so far been arrested and that five people were found dead on the scene. The church was reportedly closed due to lockdown regulations when it was attacked at 03:00 (local time) on Saturday, and the attack is believed to be the result of a leadership battle at the church. The incident is ongoing as of 1215, as police officers are carrying out negotiations with the hostage-takers. 

A heightened security presence and further transportation disruptions should be expected in the coming several hours.  


Individuals in Zuurbekom are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, prepare for related disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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