ADDRESS BY YUSUF ABRAMJEE, SOCIAL COHESION ADVOCATE

NOTES: ADDRESS BY YUSUF ABRAMJEE, SOCIAL COHESION ADVOCATE

Muslim Judicial Council
72nd anniversary: Cape Town.
Friday 10 February 2017

Congratulations to the MJC – celebrating 72 years of serving the community. We salute the leadership of the council and we wish you well.

I want to focus on a few current issues:

It is disgraceful and hurtful to see Islamophobia on the rise – locally and internationally.

Hatred for Muslims from some quarters is on the increase and the time has come for citizens to stand up, promote religious tolerance and take a stand against those who are targeting Islam.

Islam is a religion of peace. Those who carry out violence, promote discord and hatred and kill the innocent in the name of our religion should be condemned and criticized at every corner. We need to ensure that we promote peace, love, reconciliation and compassion.

We as South African Muslims should celebrate the fact that we enjoy religious freedom. Our Constitution guarantees us that. Although we are a minority in this country, we are able to exercise our religious rights freely and openly and that is something to be proud of. It’s something to celebrate.

The recent attacks on three Mosques in the Western Cape is a disgrace. We strongly condemn the acts of those who want to sow division, promote religious intolerance and those who are out to destabilize our communities. We say: Shame on you. You will not succeed by throwing pigs heads and blood in our places of worship.

My message to the culprits is clear: You will not succeed in your evil quest of tarnishing our religion. We remain hopeful that the law will come down hard on you – sooner or later. You nameless and faceless individuals should need be arrested, convicted and punished. You will eventually be exposed.

It is concerning for us as Muslims to see an increase in objections to Mosques in many areas of South Africa. There seems to be a movement at work mobilizing to try to stop the building of Muslim places of worship. We have seen it in areas like Valhalla in Pretoria, Sandton and Buccleau and now Atholl in northern Johannesburg.

The objectors use traffic and noise levels as a disguise to oppose the erection of Mosques. These same objectors will not make a noise when bottle stores, casinos and prostitution dens open right in their neighborhoods. But they mobilize when Muslims want to pray. This is a sad indictment on society. The time has come for all of us to show religious tolerance and to respect each other’s religions. We need Mosques, Churches, Temples and Synagogues side by side. We need to allow everyone the opportunity to pray and to exercise their religious freedoms. This will take us forward!

We need to respect all religions.

This week, I again saw a number of posts on social media in South Africa by individuals criticizing Muslims and Islam, insulting our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and calling us, Muslims names.

I don’t want to repeat some of the things said…It is sickening and nauseating. Such foul, nasty and odious attacks on our religion must stop. Institutions such as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), CRL Commission and the Equality Court must act decisively and with urgency and stop the hatred which which is being spitted out by some. They need to take stern action against those individuals who cause religious and cultural divisions. We need protection and we need it now.

Early last year, I reported a number of individuals, during the height of the Valhalla Mosque Row to the CRL Commission for their Islamophobic comments on social media. They linked us to ISIS, Al Queda and Boko Haram.

Many months later, I am still waiting for a ruling. I also reported a CRL Commissioner. We are still waiting for a ruling! The delays are unacceptable.

The CRL Rights Commission is a constitutional body established in terms of the South African Constitution of 1996. Its constitutional mandate is to strengthen our constitutional democracy. But we need this Commission to act decisively to promote our religious, cultural and linguistic rights. We need them to be effective and I repeat: protect us. That’s what our Constitution dictates.

Social cohesion needs to be promoted at every turn. It is the responsibly to of every citizen to do their bit. The time has come for all of us to promote the philosophy of active citizenry. This means we have to all stand up for our rights and roll up our sleeves.

Recently, a young Cape Town woman was turned down from joining the South Africa Navy because she wears a Hijab. This is not right. It’s unacceptable. Individuals who want to exercise their religious obligations should be accommodated.

I remain hopeful that the Navy will review its decision and allow Muslims women such as Taskeen Ebrahim to wear her Hijab with pride. I know the MJC has taken up her plight and I hope we will succeed.

The so-called “Muslim Ban” by US President Donald Trump continues to draw attention and anger across the world. Trump, who clearly dislikes Mexicans and Muslims, is playing right into the hands of extremists. He is sadly giving them reason to continue carrying out acts of evil. We need bridges, not walls. We need love, not hate. Refugees seek refugee and shelter, not resentment or stigma. Trump is clearly xenophobic and we as South African Muslims join the world chorus to call on him to stop his madness. There is no place on our world for division and racism.

Let’s all continue to do our bit to make the world a better place. Let’s join hands and unite. Let’s work together to promote peace, goodwill and social cohesion. Let’s help those in need.

We have to unite. Our religious leaders must lead the way to fight social ills. Drugs, for example, are killing our people. Let’s use our podiums to inform and educate our congregations.

Crime is on the increase. It’s time for all of us to work together and reclaim our streets from the gangsters.

We need organizations like the MJC to use their wisdom to guide the jammatul Muslimeen on practical ways of applying what the former President of the MJC calls the “fiqh of citizenship.”

This is a powerful concept of teaching Muslims how to be responsible pro-active citizens. It instills social activism from an informed perspective. It promotes a Muslim citizenry aware of the power of influence and not just the influence of power. It helps in developing a caring, engaged Muslim citizenry using excellence to serve all of mankind. That is the practice of the seerah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). That is the practice to profile our identity in a multi faith society. A practice to model the values of the Deen. A practice to advance our freedom in a culture fair way. It is time to “politicise our spirituality and spiritualise our politics” in a pro-active way.

Let’s promote intra-Muslim solidarity and economic development and support and empower our community with the life skills to walk with self assuredness as Muslims underpinned by humility.

Let me conclude by saying: All Muslims are not terrorists and extremists. We promote peace and we will continue to do so.

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With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

BROOKLYN POLICE JOINS NAMOLA

USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT CRIME
 
*BROOKLYN POLICE JOINS NAMOLA
PRETORIA – The South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn is now at the tip of your fingertips with the use of technology such as cellphones or tablets.
Brooklyn SAPS and Namola are combining and aligning crime fighting efforts in the east of Tshwane. Through installing the Namola application on mobile devices, users will be able to report on-going crimes or emergencies to SAPS patrol vehiclesimmediately.  Officers will receive information on Namola devices that are installed inside patrol vehicles which are linked to a control room.  This will enable faster response times and more efficient flow of information.
When a citizen sends out an alert the nearest Brooklyn SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) vehicles that are Namola app compliant are able to see the exact location of the incident. The first available officer is then directed to the incident while being monitored by the control room, which has the ability to intervene if necessary.  While on route to an incident the officer is able to receive messages from the citizen and phone them if they need more information.
The Namola app does not substitute calling 10111 in an emergency situation.  The purpose of the app is to enhance all crime fighting resources.  It gives community members another tool which will give them access to the police during emergencies.
Brooklyn Station Commander, Brigadier Kushie Nair, welcomes this working relationship and pilot project with Namola and the TMPD.  She said that by taking advantage of current technologies, the police will make great strides in improving reaction time and to create safer communities.  Through using the Namola app, community members can be important participants in crime fighting by reporting crimes in progress or crimes that have just occurred.
Residents in the Brooklyn policing precinct are encouraged to download the free Namola app http://namola.com/download which will put the SAPS at your fingertips.
Assist the Gauteng SAPS to fight fraud, corruption, unethical behaviour or any other suspicious activities that could be detrimental to our success by phoning the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers:  Duty General 082 313 8299, Duty Brigadier 082 444 4354.
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Namola Chief Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee who signed the MOU said: “We have to reclaim our streets. Crime affects all of us and we must strengthen partnerships at all levels.
“#CrimeMustFall and we must also use technology. We have to reclaim our streets and this partnership is going to make a difference.
“We salute the Brooklyn SAPS for taking the lead and we want other areas to follow. We are taking Namola nationally. Namola App is free and it works,” said Abramjee.
He called on residents to download the app. “Help is the press of a button away.”
Abramjee said the MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng Sizakele Nkosi Malebane has agreed to support Namola. “We are also getting calls from across SA and we want to use the Tshwane model in other areas.”
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With kind regards
Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

Response to #SAveSyria is ‘overwhelming’

Johannesburg – More than R7 million has been paid to the #SAveSyria #OperationSA fund within five days.

#OperationSA launched the drive earlier this week in response to calls to help with humanitarian efforts in Aleppo and other parts of war-torn Syria.

“The response from South Africans has been overwhelming. We are continuing to get pledges online and via SMS,” said #OperationSA founder Yusuf Abramjee.

Almost R14-million has been pledged for #SAveSyria. A multi-channel four hour pledge line broadcast on Tuesday evening raised R 10 028 953.00

The #SAveSyria #OperationSA campaign was launched following calls to assist victims of the Syrian conflict. Abramjee with fellow social activists Yaseen Theba and Catherine Constantinides are among those behind #OperationSA.

The pledge line saw almost 800 callers and thousands of SMS’s. The biggest single pledge was R2,3 million was from the Polokwane Muslim Trust Welfare Fund for the Al-Imdaad Foundation. It has already been paid into the special fund.

Scores of young children, some donating their spending money, also called in. A Pretoria family, who did not want to be named, even cancelled their planned holiday to donate to #SAveSyria.

The money is to be distributed to seven local charities who are doing humanitarian work in Syria. They are the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul-Ulama SA, Jamiatul-Ulama KZN, Al-Quds Foundation, Muslim Judicial Council and Islamic Relief SA.

The Al-Quds Foundation is preparing a container with food and clothing and it is scheduled to leave Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“South Africans and foreigners really opened their hearts. The donations will go a long way to ease the pain and suffering of Syrians,” said Abramjee from #OperationSA

“We are witnessing ubuntu in action yet again. The response from the public has been amazing and we will ensure that every rand raised is used for humanitarian relief such as food, blankets, medicines and shelter,” added Abramjee.

He said “it was not only Muslims who were donating. People from all sectors of society are digging deep into their pockets.

“If one person suffers we all feel the pain. It is our duty to help those in need irrespective of religion, nationality or race. We are all human.

“The pledge recall rate is brilliant. We almost have 50% of the money in within such a short space of time. I have not seen such a response in all the years of charity and community work,” Abramjee told the Saturday Star.

Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA said the pledge line was a “major success.”

He said “we were not sure how much money will come in because we are in the middle of the holiday season.

“The phones did not stop ringing. The shocking images from Syria also prompted many callers to donate. The almost R14m raised in such a short period of time shows we are a caring nation,” said Theba who directed the Call Centre Operations.

Online pledges are still coming in and the public can continue donating on the website www.operationsa.org

Donations can also be made via Whats App and SMS: 072 3 99 99 99.

Catherine Constantinides said: “Thank you, thank you, thank you. South Africans never stop to amaze. They dig deep into their pockets and they always make a difference. We have hearts of gold. I am proud of my colleagues at #OperationSA, the many volunteers and sponsors. Well done also to the media for supporting the cause.”

Abramjee said he and Qari Ziyaad Patel from the Al-Imdaad Foundation will lead a delegation to the Turkish-Syrian border early in the new year “to look at conditions on the ground and the relief operations underway.”

The Al-Imdaad Foundation is co-ordinating the visit with #OperationSA and “we want to see exactly how every rand donated by people is going to be used.”

“We will not allow money donated to be used for salaries, agents fees and admin costs,” said Abramjee.

#OperationSA will continue to work locally and internationally by engaging with partners, donors and communities “to develop projects that bring relief, hope and dignity to some of the most vulnerable people.”

Abramjee and Theba were part of the team that founded Operation Hydrate earlier this year. The civil-society group donated millions of liters of water to drought-stricken communities.

Abramjee is also Chief Ambassador the CEO Sleepout SA. This year they donated R9m to three charities involved in education. Over R20m went to Boys and Girls Town last year.

“Our mission in life should be to help others in need and create a better world,” he said.

In partnership with the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Abramjee and the Operation Hydrate team also drilled boreholes in many parts of SA.

Al-Imdaad’s Projects Coordinator Qari Ziyaad Patel said : “Our teams on the ground are ready to facilitate the relief efforts on behalf of #OperationSA and with the experience and transparency we have it will indeed be and eye opener for the group.

“The situation and difficulties faced by the Syrian people is without doubt the worst humanitarian crisis of our time and together this initiative from #OperationSA will make a huge difference.”

Saturday Star

Internationally renowned numerologist Douglas Forbes is fighting for his life in hospital days after an attack at his Johannesburg home.

68e300aa-ad12-43de-8ac9-f18db581ea5eInternationally renowned numerologist Douglas Forbes is fighting for his life in hospital days after an attack at his Johannesburg home.

The 70-year-old who invented the Human Pin Code method for analyzing personalities was gagged with duct tape over his mouth and nose and handcuffed in his Observatory home in the early hours of Monday morning.

His assailants left after making off with many items. On Thursday he was admitted to hospital and is being treated for acute kidney failure.

Poisoning is being investigated. His domestic worker has been missing since the incident.

Forbes’ son Brad said apart from attending the scene quickly on Monday morning they have not been to take fingerprints. “I am concerned that they are missing vital clues,” he said.

Anti-crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee, says he has called on Gauteng MEC for
Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, to get police “to urgently bring the perpetrator/s to book.”

“We wish Douglas a speedy recovery. Crime Must Fall!”

Enquiries:

Brad Forbes: 0728386728

The annual pilgrimage by Muslims to Makkah in Saudi Arabia is the largest single religious gathering in the world.

hajj_promo_944The annual pilgrimage by Muslims to Makkah in Saudi Arabia is the largest single religious gathering in the world. It drew to a close last week.

Official figures by the General Authority for Statistics in the Kingdom show that 1,862,909 pilgrims took part in this year’s Hajj.

Just over 1,3 million of them were from outside Saudi Arabia. Almost 2000 South Africans were accredited for Hajj this year.

Many South Africans have to wait for years before getting visas, so my joy at being included in this year’s cohort of pilgrims was irrepressible.

It was my first Hajj. Over the years I heard horror stories from some about how difficult it is to perform Hajj.

My experience was completely different. My fears were all misplaced.

Saudi attention to detail and seamless comfort for the pilgrim was most commendable.The scale of the exercise is much bigger than events such as the Olympics.

Saudi police and soldiers were out in full force and safety measures were a top priority following disasters in previous years.

The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC), SA’s acting Ambassdor to the Kingdom, Mohammed Abbas Khan and Consul-General Shoayb Casoo ensured that pilgrims were well taken care of. They provided outstanding services to the “Hujjaj” – pilgrims including free medical care.

ITV, a community TV station with an Islamic ethos, (DSTV 347) broadcasted live from Makkah every day to keep families of local pilgrims informed. They enlightened, informed and entertained audiences back home, sharing the greatest journey of the lifetime. Other media organizations also covered Hajj 2016 extensively.

I met pilgrims from across the globe: Fiji Islands, Barbados, Australia, America, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and the list goes on and on.

The paraphrased words of the Noble Quran echo in my soul that “we have created for you different tribes, races and nations so that you can get to know each other better with compassion”.

So my “spiritual voices” of being culture fair and anti-bias with a focus on human rights, are unlike the narrative the public is fed, of Muslims as so-called terrorists.

The one thing we can say is everyone from taxi drivers to shop owners love South Africans.

Their faces would light up when they recognize our accents and say: “Janubi Africa!” Which translated is:“O South African!”

It’s an even more animated response when we say we’re from “Mandela’s Country”.

The sense of cross national Fellowship, care and compassion negates the bigoted voices of Islamophobia.

The “voices of my spiritual education” overtakes me as I’m reminded to care for the hungry and poor.

I was part of a group of South African pilgrims who rallied together this Hajj to distribute food and water for other pilgrims.

Some 12 000 people benefitted over a week and a truck load of milk and juices was distributed over Hajj in Arafat. It was a small gesture.

Let’s not forget that unconditional charity forms part of our AbrahamicTradition.

I’m mentioning this not for gainsaying, but to celebrate the spiritual and diplomatic benefits for South Africans.

Terror,arrogance, pride, classism are not at the heart of our Islamic tradition.

As a pilgrim, I was acutely aware that my mortality and my worldly achievements meant nothing. I had to rely on modelling piety and compassion.

My spiritual voices remind me what Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)said: “Do you know what is better than charity and fasting? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” (Bukhari)

It’s not a cliché to say that my Hajj 2016 was a journey of a lifetime.

It was indeed a life changing experience.

It provides Muslims with a massive spiritual boost and you leave the Hajj as a newborn baby – free from all sins.

The challenge is to keep the flag of God Almighty flying high and being on-going ambassadors for Islam.

It is our duty to submit to God’s Will by modelling the Prophetic values of “love to all – malice to non”, of justice, peace, care, service to humanity, to mention a few.

Of course the first revelation in the Final Testament- the Noble Quran- helps since Muslims, as an act of worship have to be lifelong learners given that we are expected to: “Read! Read in the name of the name of the Lord who created Thee!” In a foreign setting with diverse people and languages this spiritual skill is a boon.

In Madinah , the feeling you get when you stand before the grave of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to offer your greetings is just deeply restorative, spiritually enveloping and majestic.

The vibrational energies are palpable as we hymn our praises to the Prophet, his companions and his family and plead that he intercedes on our behalf to God Almighty for Mercy and Grace on the Day of Judgement.

It is apt that the resting place of the Prophet (PBUH), Madinah itself is very clean and has a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

We left onward to the Holiest City in the world for Muslims, Makkah, with our hearts longing to return to the sublime presence of the Prophet described by Bernard Shaw as: “The wonderful man in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity.”

The endless sea of pilgrims who come to honour the Prophet 24/7 bears testimony to the Prophets legacy.

In Makkah the architecture of the Grand Mosque itself is aesthetically pleasing and majestic both inside and outside. Expansions are underway and the Mosque, once fully completed, will accommodate 1,8-million pilgrims.

Staying over in Mina, the tent city, visiting Arafat and sleeping under the stars in Muzdalifa are part of the five day Hajj ritual.

The whole atmosphere, the realisation that you were in a deeply spiritual place on earth, the sheer volume of people, the recitations, was really pleasantly overwhelming, hypnotic and uplifting.

All pilgrims were stripped of their worldly status, since our humble garbs, the white two pieces of material, the “Ihram”, made us all equal. No brand names – it was truly a leveller.

A humbling experience for me was the taw’waf (circling) around the Ka’aba – the first house of worship dedicated to God, built by Prophet Adam – which is an act of worship; it is a ritual unique in the history of the humankind.

It consists of going seven times (anti-clock-wise) around the Ka’aba, simply praising God Almighty.

This tradition goes way back to the time of Prophet Abraham and which, in the process, reminds every pilgrim that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not bring any new religion into the world but rather he brought perfection and the finality to the same monotheistic faith – Islam- that was preached by the earlier Prophets Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon all of them).

The pilgrims could only compete in piety and the “voices of my spirituality reminded me: “Say: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah (God), the Cherished Lord of the Worlds.”

The Hajj becomes all the more a poignant and an emotional experience to a Muslim as it is an act of worship enjoined on them by God as we honour a religious tradition that goes back several centuries in time including the Prophets Adam and Abraham.

I was enacting what Noble souls before me had done and exclaiming with tears in my eyes: “All praise be to God. There’s no God but God and there is none like him. Here I am at Your service O Allah, here I am. Here I am at Your service, You have no partner, here I am at Your service. For You alone is All Praise and All Grace, and for You alone is The Sovereignty. You have no partner.”

Yes – these elegantly simple words are often described as the anthem of Hajj, the song of Hajj, the chant of Hajj, the essence of Hajj.

They are deep in spiritual meaning and aspiration. Indeed, I had not the least doubt that I was standing on hallowed ground. Another miracle for me is the sacred Well of Zam Zam, which still exists within the precinct of the Mosque

Millions have been drinking its blessed water for generations and there seems no end of it.

Besides, it is required of all pilgrims to drink from the Well and, as they do, they remember God and thank Him for his generous Bounties and Mercies.

This endless supply of healing water gushes forth at the spot in the desert where Prophet Abraham’s wife Hagar begged God Almighty to grant her water. Another highlight for me and the most cathartic experience was the symbolic pelting of the devil – it’s really a rejection of all evil and an acceptance of submission to God Almighty’s will.

One becomes deeply reflexive of life and living during Hajj. Yes, we live in a world of turmoil. So, here we pray for global peace. Islam is under attack and misconceptions about our religion are rife.

Simply put: the love we saw here on Hajj, across colour, race, class, culture, gender lines clearly negates the bigoted media narrative.

Islam says NO to terrorism. The “voices of my spiritual education” says in the Noble Quran: “If anyone killed a person…to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all humankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all humankind” (5:32)

That’s one of the reasons I decided to share my #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj journey on social media platforms and on the mainstream media.

The “voices of my spiritual education” are indeed eminently suited for the 21st Century. Hence I’ve decided to spend the remainder of my life to “spiritualise my politics, and politicize my spirituality” for all of human kind as Muslims are supposed to, for the pleasure alone of God Almighty Allah.

The first groups of pilgrims arrived home this weekend. The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah was packed to capacity as tens of thousands of pilgrims prepared to leave. One had to check in some 10 hours before our scheduled departure.

Hajj 2016 will live in our hearts for ever.
*Yusuf Abramjee is a social activist.
Twitter: @abramjee

#LimpopoAbductions suspect released on bail for a third time

 

Monday 20 June 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#LimpopoAbductions suspect released on bail for a third time

The Moosa family of Polokwane has expressed serious concern after one of the suspects in the kidnapping syndicate was released on bail for a third time.

Masilo Kgafane was released on R1000 bail by the Tzaneen Magistrates Court after he was re-arrested last week on an a charge of theft by false pretence.

He and another suspect, Samuel Kobo, were earlier granted bail of R5000 each in the Sekhukhune Magistrates Court on a charge of armed robbery.

The men, together with a third suspect, Benny Mudau were released on R10 000 bail each by the Polokwane Magistrates Court on 19 May 2016 following the abduction of Anisah Moosa (35) on 15 March.

The gang is allegedly responsible for a spate of kidnappings. They also face charges of attempted murder after three police officers were shot and wounded during a sting operation during which Anisah was freed.

The gang allegedly demanded R3m ransom from Anisah’s family.

During the bail hearing in the abduction case, hundreds of people protested outside court demanding that the accused should not be released on bail.

Moosa Family spokesman, Yusuf Abramjee, said: “The release of Kgafane for a third time on bail, despite him facing serious charges, is a serious indictment on our justice system.

“The family feels that the justice system is letting victims down badly. We are shocked at the release of Kgafane,” he said.

Abramjee said the family has asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal the bail decision in all three cases.

“How are suspects who face serious charges released on bail repeatedly and so easily? The system is letting us down,” Abramjee added.

Family attorney, Raeesa Rhemtula, said: “The family is very disappointed at the repeated granting of bail. They have instructed me to ask authorities for a full and urgent investigation.”

The family has written to the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Police, Director of Public Prosecutions and Acting police commissioner calling for “urgent intervention.”

Enquiries:

Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203

Twitter: @abramjee

LIMPOPO KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS GRANTED BAIL: MOOSA FAMILY DISAPPOINTED

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday 19 May 2016

LIMPOPO KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS GRANTED BAIL: MOOSA FAMILY DISAPPOINTED

The Moosa family has criticized the decision by the Polokwane Magistrates Court granting bail to three men accused of kidnapping 35-year-old Anisah Moosa.

The suspects are also linked to other kidnapping cases, robbery and the attempted murder of three police officers.

Samuel Kabo (28) from Pretoria, Masilo Gafane (33) and Benny Mudau (34) allegedly kidnapped Anisah Moosa in March from outside her uncles home in Nirvana, Polokwane. They demanded R3-million ransom. She was freed three days later after a police operation saw the three policemen shot and injured. The suspects were later arrested.

Anisah was unharmed.

Since the start of the bail hearing, hundreds of protestors have been gathering outside the court building demanding #NoBail and #CrimeMust Fall. Members of the ANC and DA joined in. The vociferous crowd chanted “No Bail for Kidnappers” and “We want justice.”

Moosa family spokesman, anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee, said: “We are disappointed that the Magistrate granted bail of R10 000 each to the three men.

“We have no option but to respect the decision of the court.

“We now look forward to the speedy finalization of the trial. We want to see justice taking its course. We also remain hopeful that the police will make further arrests soon,” said Abramjee.

He added: “The family is grateful to the community of Limpopo and Polokwane in particular for the support we received from Day 1. United we stand. We must continue to stand up against crime and make our voices heard.

“Yes, bail is a process…but for such serious crimes we believe the men should NOT have been granted bail,” he said.

“We do remain hopeful the law is going to come down hard on those responsible for a series of violent crimes,” the family added.

Anisah is recovering well from her ordeal and she has again thanked South Africans for the “ongoing support.”

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ENQUIRIES:
Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Email: yusuf@abramjee.com
Twitter: @abramjee

MEDIA RELEASE: CRIME STOPPERS INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS SOUTH AFRICAN TO HEAD UP COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of South African, Yusuf Abramjee as Chairman of CSI’s Global Media Communications Committee and Global Director of Communications.

As the Chairman of Global Media Communications, Abramjee shall be responsible for ensuring our global audiences become more aware of our partnerships with international and regional media such as CNN, BBC World, and our global law enforcement partners, Interpol, United Nations Office of Drug Crime (UNODC), and the leading NGO’s we work with such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The task ahead for Yusuf will also include developing further media partnerships within communities in Europe, Caribbean and the Americas, Canada, Africa, and Australasia.

CSI President, Alexander MacDonald, said: “We are delighted that Yusuf has accepted this very important role as our Media Chair and Global Communications Director. His experience and expertise are most needed at this time in our organization’s development. The appointment takes effect on 1 January 2016.”

MacDonald said Yusuf is a global anti-crime activist, known and respected for his work as the Head of Crime Line SA. He was chair of the CSI Conference hosted in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. “We are on record as saying it was one of the best, biggest and most successful conferences CSI has hosted.”

CSI recently relocated its global headquarters to The Hague in the Nederlands. “While Yusuf will be based in Johannesburg, he will also travel between the two countries as required. We are also pleased that he will continue to undertake other tasks and responsibilities and continue to do good in communities and create a safer world. He is an active social cohesion advocate and also an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador.”

Yusuf said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“CSI is continuing to grow and I look forward to taking the organization to the next level. This is an exciting new chapter for me and I am ready for the challenge. Crime Stoppers is critical to the success of law enforcement as law enforcement is critical in the fight against crime. We need to further cement this kind of relationship around the world.”