The Open Mosque in Wynberg was the target of an arson attack on Friday night. According to police, at approximately 1:00am, they received an anonymous tip off of a fire at the former warehouse building in Lester Street, Wynberg. The area was cordoned off as fire fighters doused the flames.
Detective Khaleni from the Wynberg police station said investigations are underway. No suspects have yet been arrested.
The controversial place of worship has been the centre of a public furore since its launch last month for its sectarian approach to Islam. At the opening of the mosque three weeks ago, irate members of the public protested outside, with some heckling Open Mosque founder Dr Taj Hargey when he delivered the Friday sermon. VOC News were told by some demonstrators who made threats against the Open Mosque and its founder, that they would shut it down. VOC