Voice of the Cape

June2015

MJC makes international appeal for McGown

Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) president Maulana Igsaan Hendricks has made an international appeal for the release of South African citizen, Stephen McGown who remains in captivity. McGowan was one of seven hostages captured by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali. McGowan and Swede Johan Gustafson are still being held.[…]

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‘Freedom Flotilla 3 not over’

Four of the Freedom Flotilla activists aboard the Marianne ship have been released from custody, after they were arrested at Ashod port on Monday evening for attempting to break the siege on Gaza. Former Tunisian president Dr Monsef Marzuki, Israeli Knesset member Bassel Ghattas and European Parliament member Ana Miranda[…]

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Tales from Nepal

Over 8000 people were killed and over 22000 people were injured in an earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th of this year. Three million people were displaced and almost a million homes needed to be rebuilt. Amidst all this chaos a young civil engineer from Cape Town was hiking through[…]

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Mandela our hero and inspiration: Cuban Five

Cuban Five member Antonio Guerrero on Tuesday said it was a picture of late president Nelson Mandela that motivated them not to give up during their imprisonment in the United States. “From the beginning we had one example of a true hero and his name was Nelson Mandela. “Nelson Mandela[…]

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Body found on Table Mountain identified

The body of a Johannesburg man found on Table Mountain almost two weeks ago has been identified. Henry Harris, 57, was reported missing by the manager of the Camps Bay Resort on June 8, after he failed to return to the hotel. Dessie Rechner of The Pink Ladies organisation for[…]

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Car chase ends on Muizenberg beach

A high speed car chase ended in a crash on Muizenberg beach and the arrest of three men – all thanks to a cellphone tracker. The suspects appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of robbery and possession of stolen goods after a Muizenberg man was robbed[…]

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ISIL ‘beheads women for first time in Syria’

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has beheaded two women and their husbands in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that ISIL beheaded the couples after accusing them of using “magic for medicine”. It[…]

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Over 100 feared dead after Indonesia crash

More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes. “For the moment we know there were[…]

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Sisi ‘to change law to allow faster executions’

Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, appears poised to further crack down on dissent after announcing he would fast-track the judicial process in the aftermath of the assassination of the country’s lead prosecutor. On Tuesday, Sisi promised new laws that will allow Egyptian courts to speed up hearings, and appeared to[…]

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Loadshedding in Ramadan: The struggle is real

As working Muslims struggle to make it home for iftar due to the earlier onset of Maghrib in winter, this year has been a greater challenge with the added burden of load-shedding. Power cuts in South Africa have become the day-to-day norm for many households, and for the most part,[…]

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