Cii News | 14 March 2013
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has sent out an SMS to prospective hujjaj indicating that they have been accredited for this year’s pilgrimage.
The SMS called on the recipients to urgently log onto the Sahuc website to accept or cancel their accreditation and choose an operator by 28 March 2013.
Shaheen Essop, Sahuc’s secretary–general, however said that the hujjaj need to accept or reject the accreditation before the 18 March 2013 and not the SMS’d date.
“The accreditation process is a very simple one. People need to go on to the system to verify their first time Hajji status. At the same time they need to accept or reject their accreditation by the 18 March, Inshallah.”
Sahuc will then notify all accredited hujjaj when to go back on to the system to choose their hajj operators.
“The reason for the two prolonged process,” said Essop, “is due to Hajj operators that are not ready with their packages for hajj as yet.”
The difference in dates has caused confusion amongst some prospective Hujjaj. One applicant told Cii News that the SMS was misleading and could lead to people not sending in their acceptance or rejection on time.
She added that the time given for acceptance was very short as some applicants still need to take leave from their employers.
She said they had delayed this step until they had received confirmation from Sahuc but now only have a few days to ask their employer for religious leave.