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Gang war impacts taraweeh

With the sacred month of Ramadan in full swing this week, some Muslims living in the Cape Flats suburb of Manenberg have been unable to attend taraweeh prayers at night for fear of being affected by gang violence flaring up in the area. Safe Manenberg Campaign’s spokesperson Waheed Sookool says[…]

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No rush for Smart ID's

With the Department of Home Affairs currently in the process of rolling out the new smart ID cards, many elder citizens have been rushing to home affairs, out of fear that not having the new ID may hamper the payout of their pension. The roll out process sees the elderly[…]

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Crossbow accused under observation

A Benoni man accused of murdering his wife with a cross bow has been ordered to stay in prison but under strict observation. Thirty-nine year old Shameema Moghammad Shamoon was found in a pool of blood in the home she shared with her husband on the East Rand in April[…]

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Land restitution bill hailed

The signing into law of the Land Restitution and Amendment Bill by President Jacob Zuma has been hailed as a victory. This means that the restitution claims process will now be re-opened and offers claimants five years to lodge land claims. This development will now have a major impact on[…]

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Omar Barghouti in CT

Capetonians will be have a chance to engage with well known Palestinian human rights activist and author, Omar Barghouti, when he arrives in South Africa between the 4th and 8th of July. Barghouti is one of the founding members of the non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement.[…]

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Support Muslim ‘touch’ players

Nine Muslim players are poised to be part of the national team taking part in the Touch Rugby World Cup 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Teams from around the globe will make their way to Coffs Harbour for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup taking place from[…]

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Ramadan umrah figures down

While there has been a persistent flow of umrah pilgrims to the Saudi Kingdom over the past year, the South African Travel Haj Association (Sathoa) reports that pilgrim numbers at the start of Ramadan are in fact low.  Speaking to VOC News shortly after returning from the Kingdom, Sathoa chairperson[…]

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Ceasefire moves to M/berg

The gang infested community of Manenberg will be at the receiving end of yet another Operation Ceasefire conducted by the local Metro Police specialised units. Headed by Mayoral Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, the previous roll-out of this project in Hanover Park received an overwhelming response in[…]

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AWS in Macassar

VOC staff and its structures will trek to Masjid u-Sabireen in Macassar on Sunday, where the first Ahlan wa Sahlan outreach for Ramadan 1435 is being held.  This is the 15th year of the outreach project and is considered an achievement for the station, which also marks its 20th Ramadan on[…]

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School searches not enough

Despite some positive results by Metro Police in trying to eradicate the scourge of violence and drugs in Mitchells Plain high schools, some have been less than optimistic about the initiative. The area’s cluster commander Major General Jeremy Veary has suggested that criminalising bad behaviour amongst students does little to[…]

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