Despite hajj drawing closer, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council’s (Sahuc) hajj accreditation list, which was recently released, failed to attract the required notice of acceptance of applicants. Sahuc president Shaheen Essop said that applicants had until the 6 May 2016 to accept their accreditation, which was released on 24 April 2016, and to choose an operator.
He said that many applicants did not submit a notice of acceptance, which resulted in a 42 per cent dropout.
The organization subsequently released 818 new spaces. These applicants will have until 23:00 on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, to accept their accreditation.
“People who do not notify us and accept their accreditation will, unfortunately, be penalised and have 30 points deducted,” Essop explained.
Applicants who do not notify Sahuc of their acceptance will have to resubmit applications and be placed at the back of the queue.
“One of the things that we struggle with is the economic challenges in our country. People who applied in 2012, their conditions have changed today by comparison.”
All slots not filled by 23:00 on Tuesday will be passed to prospective hujjaaj who are awaiting accreditation.
He said that Sahuc in practice publishes the list to show transparency in the processors. In addition, Sahuc’s process allows hujjaaj to submit their Identity Numbers to the system that indicates where they are situated in the queue.
“In the past, all administrative processors happened in the background. Now we put it up front and show people that they do not have a finite position. Everyone has an equal and fair opportunity to be looked at.”
With regards to hujjaaj who have registered in 2012 and who, due to medical concerns, require the assistance of a family member who recently registered, Essop explained that situations of this nature complicate the process for the hujjaaj.
“As a result, everyone will come with their story and expect to receive the same treatment. We cannot give a person a spot who registered three years down the line; you are jumping the queue and prejudicing those who are queued above you,” he said.
Essop said that Sahuc in consultation with ulama bodies has taken the advice that hajj is not waajib (compulsory) on the sickly.
“Manistata’ah does not necessarily mean the funds. It means that one must be physically and mentally able to do the hajj. If you are not able to do that then hajj is not waajib on you,” Essop said.
He urged all applicants to accept the accreditation or to defer the accreditation to the year of their choice to avoid losing the 30 points.
For more information, visit: https://www.sahuchajjregistry