BREAKING: At least five feared dead in South Africa’s Zuurbekom after a hostage incident at a church


A church hostage drama has left five people dead and 30 arrested in Zuurbekom, Gauteng, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to a report by New24 which cited the police, the incident took place at the International Pentecost Holiness Church. Police responded to reports of a hostage situation and shooting at around 03:00.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said more than 25 firearms had been seized.

“The scene is still active with SAPS hostage negotiators,” Peters said.