Travel operators expect the South African umrah season to start in December or January next year. Although South Africa’s borders are open for travel and umrah for international travellers has commenced, South Africans have not been granted umrah visas by the Saudi government yet. In October, Saudi Arabia began the[…]
Following promises to pay mu’tamireen money owed to them by Saturday 17 March 2018, the co-founder and spiritual guide of Umrah Connect International, is believed to have departed for the holy lands, providing no clarity on the status of the company’s debt. After VOC News revealed how the travel operator[…]
The South African Hajj and Umarah Council (SAHUC) has confirmed that the number of Umrah passengers who were unable to board a plane from Jeddah to Johannesburg at the weekend stands at forty-four and not sixty as stated in earlier reports. Although the matter has been resolved and the mutamireen[…]
Gaironiesa Foundation director Shaheed Stakala appeared before the Athlone Magistrates Court on Tuesday where his case was once again postponed to the 29th September. Stakala does not have legal representation and told the court that he is currently seeking legal aid. Some affected mutamireen told VOC News that Stakala continued[…]
Local haj advocacy group Hajj Watch has called on the community to attend a public meeting aimed at educating hujjaj and mu’tamireen about their rights in the haj and umrah industry. The meeting will be held on Friday 7 February at the Taronga Road masjid in Rondebosch East at 8pm.[…]
Tempers flared at a meeting in Bonteheuwel on Sunday called by Gaironiesa Foundation director Shahied Stakala. More than 300 people packed the multipurpose hall, to demand answers from Stakala and Lamy Travel, who have both been accused of misappropriating umrah funds. For the first time since December, Stakala faced the[…]
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