South African Hajj Quota Reduction

SAHUC Press Statement | 12 June 2013 On 5 April 2013, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) signed the Agreements for Hajj 1434 as forwarded by the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj, Dr Bandar bin Mohammad al-Hajjaar. And in terms thereof, SAHUC was awarded 2500 visas for Hajj 1434H (2013). On 3 June 2013, we were reliably informed that the Saudi Arabian Ministers Council resolved to reduce the quotas of nations by 20%. The impact for … [Read more...]

False al Qaeda links in South Africa

I read the article published 13 May 2013, in the Daily Maverick titled “Al Qaeda: Alive and well in South Africa”, about ex Vlakplaas reporter, De Wet Potgieter’s year long investigation regarding the Dockrat family particularly cousins- Junaid and Farhaad Ahmed. Potgieter alleges that the accused’s farm was a military training camp for al Qaeda. My thoughts were as Farhad Dockrat put it “ It is most curious that Potgieter’s article surfaces on a … [Read more...]

Palestinian Nakba: Commemorating 65 years

Yawm an-Nakbah, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe” is generally commemorated on 15 May, the day after the Gregorian calendar date for Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut). For the Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. These words make us remember that the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes was no accident. “We shall have to … [Read more...]

Durban Councillor calls Israeli Apartheid artwork hate speech

The Israeli Apartheid Week ran from 11 March 2013 to today- 17 March 2013. UKZN and the Durban University of Technology hosted various events as part of the campaign. Amidst the events was an outrage kicked up by Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor, Avrille Marcia Coen in the Ethekwini Municipality against Pro-Palestinian activists on the city’s beachfront. The outrage was sparked by graffiti drawn as part of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) … [Read more...]

French invasion in Mali – 2013

Known by many, the Mali Empire was at it's height in power and glory in Islam during the 14th century under the great Islamic ruler, Mansa Musa. Once the economic "global power" and one of the intellectual capitals of the world, Mali became a french colony in 1892. Even though they gained independence from France in 1960, it was in 1991 that a constitution and the establishment of Mali as a democratic, multi-party state emerged. In March 2012, … [Read more...]