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South Africa: Attacks on 2 mosques in Cape Town = an attack on democracy

Sunday 19 February 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/attacks-on-mosques-an-attack-on-democracy-fw-de-klerk-foundation-20170111

Attacks on mosques an attack on democracy - FW de Klerk Foundation

2017-01-11 18:14

Isabelle Coetzee,
News24

Photo: The pig snout that was left on the gate of a mosque in Simon’s Town, Cape Town. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - The desecration of two Cape Town mosques is an assault on the country’s democracy, the FW de Klerk Foundation said on Wednesday.

It believed that most South Africans disagreed with what the vandals had done and that most citizens respected religious freedom.

The organisation referred to Chapter 2 of the Bill of Rights, which states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, and opinion.

"The foundation stands with the vast majority in expressing outrage at the attack on places of worship and reverence," it said in a statement.

Blood was found spattered on the walls and pulpit of Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay on Monday morning. The vandals damaged property inside the building. The mosque is a heritage site and was founded in 1898. It was renovated last year.

A mosque in Simon’s Town was also desecrated on Saturday. A pig snout and blood were left on the doorstep. Pigs are forbidden in Islam.

A few days earlier, Langebaan resident, Liam Ferreira, wrote a Facebook post ranting about the Muslim call to prayer, which takes place five times a day. He later apologised and then joined the chorus of condemnation following the desecration of the Simon’s Town mosque.

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Source: http://pulse.ng/world/in-south-africa-2-cape-town-mosques-defaced-in-islamophobic-attacks-id6026650.html

2 Cape Town mosques defaced in ’Islamophobic’ attacks

"The similarity of the cases, and proximity of the mosques, raises concerns that the two incidents may be linked."

Published: 11.01.2017
Pulse News Agency International By AFP

Two mosques in Cape Town have been defaced in "Islamophobic" attacks with blood sprayed on walls and a pig’s snout left on an entrance gate, South African officials said Tuesday.

The Western Cape provincial government condemned the two "despicable" attacks on mosques in Kalk Bay and Simonstown since Saturday.

"Both incidents made calculated use of Islamophobic methods, including blood and — in the Simonstown case — a pig’s head," it said in a statement.

"The similarity of the cases, and proximity of the mosques, raises concerns that the two incidents may be linked."

South Africa has a history of relative religious tolerance, and Western Cape premier Helen Zille said that "acts of religious or racial prejudice have no place in our province and nation."

Achmat Sity, imam of Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay, told AFP that the caretaker at the mosque — which is more than 110 years old — had discovered the vandalism early on Monday morning.

"He opened the mosque for first prayers and found the walls sprayed with blood and also the pulpit. It was like from a syringe," he said, adding inscription plaques had been ripped from the walls and were lying on the floor.

"It was very disturbing," he said, adding that nothing was stolen.

A bloody pig’s snout was left on the gate of the Simonstown mosque on Saturday.

The provincial branch of the ruling ANC party condemned the attacks as "disgusting" and called on South Africans "to stand united in protecting the culture of coexistence."

About 1.5 percent of South Africa’s population is Muslim.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/cape-town-mosque-attacks-islamophobia-170112105620599.html

12 January 2017

’Islamophobia to blame’ for Cape Town mosque attacks

Muslim leaders call for calm and unity after mosques in Cape Town are defiled with pig blood and a pig’s snout.

Faisal Edroos

Photo: Muslims make up nearly 1.5 percent South Africa’s 55-million population [File:AP]

Authorities in South Africa say Islamophobia fuelled two separate attacks on mosques in Cape Town, where Muslim centres of worship were broken into and defiled with pig’s blood and a pig’s snout.

The Western Cape provincial government said Monday’s attack, in which the blood was found smeared over the walls of a mosque in Kalk Bay was linked to an earlier attack on a mosque in Simon’s Town, some 15km away, where a pig’s snout was left on the entrance gate.

"Both incidents made calculated use of Islamophobic methods," the government said in a statement.

"The similarity of the cases, and proximity of the mosques, raises concerns that the two incidents may be linked."

Achmat Sity, the imam of the 110-year-old Kalk Bay Mosque, urged Muslims to remain calm and called for unity.

"This mosque has been here for over 100 years and this is the first time an incident like this has happened," he told Al Jazeera.

"There have been burglaries in the past, but this was despicable."

The local branch of the ruling ANC party condemned the attacks as "disgusting" and called on South Africans "to stand united in protecting the culture of coexistence".

Pigs are an animal considered ritually unclean in Islam and believers are prohibited from consuming them.

The desecrations came less than a week after a white Western Cape resident posted a message on a community Facebook page calling for mosques to be burned down. The post has since been deleted.

Farid Sayed, the editor of Muslim Views, a national newspaper, said that while the attacks may be isolated in nature, they indicated a failure of some segments of post-apartheid South Africa to fully integrate.

"Racist attitudes are still very deeply embedded in post-apartheid South Africa, all it took was a simple Facebook post to spark this," he said.

"People living in white-only communities believe they have to fight to keep Muslims out, they think they don’t have the state’s backing.

"This anger - from these racists and bigots - has been heightened by right-wing media outlets that continue to demonise and insult Muslims," he added.

Muslims make up nearly 1.5 percent South Africa’s 55-million population and hold prominent positions in politics, academia, trade and elsewhere.

Source: Al Jazeera News