St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cape Town CBD was left in shambles after criminals ransacked the establishment on Friday, April 17.
Valuable worship equipment worth R100 000 was stolen and the inside of the church was left in disarray with papers and furniture strewn around the building. The criminals responsible have not yet been caught.
“According to reports, the church was closed as per Covid-19 regulations. The complainant received a call from the caretaker that a side window was broken and the church had been broken into, and reported the case to Cape Town Central Police on Sunday,” police spokesperson FC van Wyk told IOL.
A list of all the stolen property has not yet been received.
Speaking to IOL, Father Rohan Smuts said the church was desecrated and that the criminals had even broken the tabernacle door and stolen the ciborium and chalice used in worship.