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Bekkersdal church disruptors slammed

Mokonyane slammed Bekkersdal residents for disrupting church services.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane addresses resident of Bekkersdal during ongoing service delivery protests on 25 October 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has slammed Bekkersdal residents for disrupting several church services on Sunday morning.

Over the past few weeks Bekkersdal residents have been protesting with running battles involving the police.

Residents are demanding the local municipality be placed under administration as it's failing the community.

Mokonyane was attending a church service in Bekkersdal this morning when protesters disrupted it.

The premier said, "It shouldn't have happened. It has never happened even during the apartheid days. In fact the church was our sanctuary."

Community leaders say they were not informed that Mokonyane was visiting the area but, she says she doesn't need permission to attend a public church service.

Mokonyane is hopeful community leaders and government will bring an end to the situation.

Meanwhile, matric pupils have now been relocated to an undisclosed area, where they will write their first final exam paper tomorrow.