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Alleged Islamophobia rears its ugly head in Cape Town


S Suliman – Cii News | 20 February 2014/19 Rabi ul Akhir 1435

A 20 year old Muslim man was attacked by three men in Lotus River, Cape Town on Monday afternoon. The man, a teacher at Madrassatul Ishraq of the Lotus River Islamic Educational Society (LRIES), was walking on 5th Avenue to flag a taxi when the men stopped him.

LRIES Chairperson Binyameen Ismail said the teacher was stopped by three white men driving a dark blue kombi microbus. In an official statement, the organisation said the teacher did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals or intimidation

“As the teacher was attired in his traditional Islamic wear i.e. Full thobe and turban, the occupants pulled up alongside him and started verbally abusing him based on his Islamic dress code. Religious and racial slurs were hurled at his person which he reluctantly tolerated. His tolerance only seemed to fuel the anger of these molesters so much so that one of them hurled a glass bottle at him, hitting him on the head. One occupant then also jumped out of the dark blue kombi and physically started assaulting the teacher, ripping his thobe and hitting and punching him.”

In order to protect himself the teacher punched his attacker managing to subdue him when the second attacker joined in. Outnumbered the teacher still tried defending himself when he noticed the third man in the vehicle was armed.

“Immediately the teacher stopped defending himself and his attackers took this opportunity to force him into the dark blue kombi. They then sped away and from what the teacher recalls he was driven to a nearby suburb called Zeekoevlei. Whilst being driven around he was being kicked and punched in the face, ribs and stomach. The verbal abuse continued because of his Islamic dress code,” read the statement.

His attackers tried to coerce him into saying blasphemous and derogatory things to which he refused, “instead telling his kidnappers that they could kill him, but he would not forsake his belief nor blaspheme his Creator.” It was then that the men threw him out of the vehicle and sped away. The teacher recalls that one of the kidnappers filmed the attack on a cell phone.

The teacher, who is also a student at a well-known Islamic Institute, was taken for medical treatment and has opened up a case against his unknown assailants.

LRIES appealed to fellow Muslim scholars and teachers to remain vigilant and aware of any potential Islamophobic utterances and behaviour and asked parents to make proper transport arrangements to and from the various Islamic learning centres.

“We also call on our community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to our local authorities / police stations. Also we request our community to exercise patience and tolerance in accordance with the teachings of our Glorious Qur’aan and remember whenever a calamity befell our Nabi Mogammad (SAW) he would immediately resort to 2 raka’ats of Solaah (worship).”

Durban Woman Strangled to Death PDF Print

Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News, 2014-02-19

A 32 year old woman from Durban has been strangled to death.

Sorayia Charmaine Naidoo was at her Merebank home with her two brothers, two sisters and her daughter on Monday night (17th February) when two men forced open the gate.

The robbers ransacked the house and loaded household appliances into Naidoo’s Tata Indica and were about to flee but the car would not start.

“They asked her to start the car because it wasn’t starting. Then they decided to take her with them,” said Yusuf Vawda, a family friend.

Naidoo’s family hoped she would be found dumped at the side of the road unhurt after the robbers kidnapped her,   instead six hours later police told them that Naidoo had been found strangled to death.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said that Naidoo’s body was discovered at kwaMakhutha, south of Durban, by local people at around 03:00am on Tuesday. “It is suspected that she was strangled and a postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.”

“The vehicle was recovered at Isipingo area and the victim was found dead at kwaMakhutha. No arrests have been made at this stage,” said Zwane.

Naidoo’s cousin, Chinky Naidoo, told The Witness that Naidoo’s 15-year-old daughter, who was assaulted by the robbers, had to be sedated.

He said the teenager was in the bathroom when the robbers stormed the house. “When she came out of the bathroom, they held her by the neck and put her with the other people who were inside the house.”

Naidoo’s husband was not at home at the time of the incident as he was attending to his businesses.

A visibly shaken and teary eyed Naidoo’s brother, Junade Narasiah, who was in the house during the ordeal, said that everyone was hysterical and still traumatized by the ordeal.

Chinky described Naidoo as a fun and loving person who helped everyone. “Her mother passed away 11 years ago and she had become the mother figure to her six siblings,” he said.

Wentworth police station is investigating a case of house robbery, theft of motor vehicle, kidnapping and murder. – Witness

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