The Ghanaian High Commission in South Africa has taken swift action following a distressing incident that occurred on Sunday, October 29, 2023, during a service at the Johannesburg branch of the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost. Congregation members were robbed at gunpoint, and a Deacon of the church was kidnapped. The High Commission has since assured the Ghanaian community of its concerted efforts to secure the safe release of the kidnapped Deacon.
In a notice issued on Monday, October 30, the High Commission stated, “The Mission is presently working with the Church in cooperation with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) to ensure the speedy and safe release and return of the victim to his family.” This collaborative approach demonstrates the seriousness with which authorities are addressing the situation.
The High Commission emphasized the dedication of the South African Police Service to resolving the case and ensuring the safe return of the Ghanaian Deacon, whose identity has not been disclosed.
In light of these unsettling events, the High Commission advised the Ghanaian community residing in South Africa to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. It is essential for the community to remain vigilant and follow recommended safety measures in the country.
The High Commission further pledged to keep the Ghanaian community updated on any developments related to the case. This communication ensures that the community remains informed and can support the efforts to secure the safe release of the kidnapped Deacon.
As this situation unfolds, Ghana’s High Commission in South Africa is committed to working closely with local authorities and the affected church to bring about the safe return of the victim, offering hope and support to the congregation and the wider Ghanaian community in South Africa.