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Business attacks ‘well planned’

The Cape Chamber of Commerce says businesses in the southern suburbs may need to increase their security to curb criminals. Businesspeople in Athlone, Ottery and the surrounds has fallen victim to a spate of criminal attacks, in which a number of Muslim owned businesses have been targeted. Abdul Basier Dramat[…]

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‘No charge for land claims’

District Six Working Committee (D6WC) representative Rasheda Samaai has rejected suggestions the committee are charging members for assistance in filling out their land claims forms. This comes after provincial land claims commissioner in the Western Cape, Michael Worsnip, implied that there was no need for a “middle man” within the[…]

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Boko Haram remarks ‘dangerous’

The South African Muslim Network (Samnet) says the deputy minister of international relations recent statements on Boko Haram stokes the dangerous flames of xenophobia, and needs to be treated with vigilant cynicism and utmost caution. Minister Lwellyn Landers sparked outrage last week when he said South Africans “shouldn’t be surprised if[…]

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Scholars declare ISIS bogus

The following is an open letter by a group of South African scholars who have declared ‪‎the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) caliphate as ‘bogus’. Cowardly evil man using religion as an excuse for violence again! ISIS and their beliefs have no place in a civilized world. A torturous[…]

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Petition to free Aafia Siddiqui

Human rights activists in support of Pakistani political prisoner Dr Aafia Siddiqui have launched the White House Petition Drive as a means to redress her imprisonment. Eleven years ago Dr Aafia was kidnapped and arrested with her three children in Karachi, Pakistan. It has been reported that on March 31st[…]

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Packed house at 2nd AWS

Despite icy cold weather conditions, there was a warm atmosphere at Masjidul Irshaad in Woodlands on Sunday night where the second leg of the 15th annual Ahlan aa Sahlan outreach programme took place. VOC in partnership with Gift of the Givers (GOTG) shared iftar with approximately 800 needy people in[…]

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Muslim directory app launched

A new mobile application aimed directly at the Muslim community has launched. The Muslim Directory App is available of the Android and Apple platform and is free for any one who has a smart phone, tablet or an iPhone. Mohammad Amra, the brains behind the new app, aims to make[…]

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BDS will break down Israel

Human rights activist and co-founder of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Omar Barghouti believes global human rights conferences are important in cementing the resistance against oppression. Barghouti was speaking on VOC’s Drivetime following his address at the War Resisters’ International Conference on Friday. According to Barghouti, human rights[…]

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Land claims centre open

The provincial land claims commissioner in the Western Cape, Michael Worsnip, has hailed the reopening of the land claims process, saying the decision was based on the massive numbers who were excluded as a result of the previous cut off date. President Jacob Zuma last week signed into law the[…]

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VOC featured on SABC

VOC will be featured in an insert of a South African documentary on cultural and religious identity on Sunday. Executive producer Shaffee Shaik said the documentary  ‘320 years of Islam in South Africa’ with reflect on the country’s Cape Muslim history going back to Tricentenary celebrations in 1994. “VOC played[…]

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