A haj operator from the Boland was arrested and taken in for questioning on Sunday
with regards to complaints around a haj travel agreement. Ebrahim Jooste from the Boland Haj Jamaah is accused of failing to meet an agreement with 20 hujaaj who had paid for their haj travel packages in full. The South African Travel Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) chairperson Sedick Steenkamp said following the organisation’s investigation into the matter, the affected hujaaj lodged complaints at the Athlone police station.
“Authorities took him in for questioning and further investigation. The case is now in the hands of the South African Police Services.”
Steenkamp could not confirm the charges against Jooste, saying they “will issue a full statement later on.”
On Monday, the South African Haj Umrah Council (Sahuc) said it had suspended the Boland Haj Jamaah as an accredited haj operator “with immediate effect”. In a statement, Sahuc said the operator was suspended for not meeting his financial obligations and for contravening the operator’s haj operator Code of Conduct.
“The South African Hajj and Umrah Council has been in regular contact with the affected hajjis and following a meeting with them, has taken the necessary steps to ensure that these hujjaj fulfil their trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for haj by way of an amended package,” Sahuc said.
Sahuc will proceed with disciplinary action against the suspended operator. VOC