A new multi-million rand orphanage is to be constructed in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg.

The project is being undertaken by the local Muslim community and it will be open to all sections of the community.

Speaking at the soil-turning ceremony today, Councillor Mohamed Christians, City of Joburg’s Chair of Chairs, praised civil society for taking the lead.

“I take up the challenge from social activist Yusuf Abramjee and will speak to Mayor Herman Mashaba to see if the city can contribute towards the project.”

Abramjee said the orphanage was “urgently needed in Ennerdale and it will assist some 100 children.”

He said: “If we wait for government, we going to wait for a long time. I salute the local community to taking up the challenge and building this facility.”

Abramjee opened pledges and R25 000 was donated within 3 minutes from the community. A further R300 000 was pledged from a nearby Muslim community.

The Baitul Haleema Orphanage is expected to be completed next year.

Former President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Shaik Irfaan Hendricks, said: “The orphanage will accept children from across society. Children are our future and it is our religious obligation to assist them.”

Hendricks said he was proud of the Ennerdale community and its religious leaders.

Ennerdale Councillor Danny Netnow said the Muslim community always assited. “We salute you.”

Netnow said Abramjee promised to support a local project when he visited Ennerdale last year to donate R1m to a local charity for Syrian refugees and orphans.

Operation SA led the drive.

“Abramjee kept to his word and we are seeing local now benefetting,” said Netnow.

Moulana Bilal Vaid from the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (Council of Muslim Theologians) said the project needed all the support.


by Yusuf Abramjee.

The next big organized crime has hit South Africa- Kidnappings.

There has been a series of kidnappings over recent years and it appears to be escalating.

What is worrying is that these syndicates are becoming more daring and they are clearly sophisticated.

Kidnapping syndicates have been operating for some time – taking their victims and demanding ransoms running into tens of millions of rands.

Many of these gangs have been arrested. Others continuing cropping-up targeting largely Indian, Pakistani, Chinease, Bangladeshi Zimbabwean and Mozambican nationals living in South Africa.

Many of the victims are forced to pay ransom locally. Other gangs demand payment in foreign countries making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to follow the trail.

I assisted a family of Polokwane last year when Anisah Moosa was kidnapped. The gang demanded R3-million cash and they were eventually arrested. The suspects are all South Africans.

There has since been a number of similar kidnappings. A businessman in Mafikeng was kidnapped a few weeks ago and freed by police within 24 hours. Arrests were made.

A wealthy Cape Town businessman, Naushad Deshmukh Khan, 46, was kidnapped late last year. The kidnappers demanded millions of dollars in cash.

Sources say a ransom of $750 000 was eventually paid and Khan was freed two months later. No arrests have been made.

Khan’s kidnapping was the first in South Africa having the features of an international organized crime syndicate at work. For obvious reasons, some of the information cannot be shared.

In July, prominent Cape Town businessman Zhaun Ahmed (71) was kidnapped outside his offices in Woodstock. He is still missing.

And earlier this month, Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim was kidnapped after leaving his business in the city for home in Laudium. He is also still missing.

Carrim’s luxury car was found burned on the outskirts of Erasmia west of Pretoria the next day.

Reports say there have been ransom demands for Ahmed and Carrim. But the families are refusing to talk. All they are pleading for is the safe return of their loved ones.

Last week, a Bangladeshi restaurant owner was kidnapped in Lenasia. Again, there has been a ransom demand.

The kidnapping of Ahmed and Carrim seems to have been well-organized and I will not be surprised that highly-trained former foreign soldiers could be involved as “runners.”

Local rogue cops may also be aiding and abetting the syndicates.

The kingpin/s could be even sitting abroad and giving orders. All they are interested in is getting the hard-earned cash from their victims.

Kidnappings were rife in Maputo for years. Scores of business people were kidnapped. While most were freed after paying tens of millions of dollars in ransom, two victims were killed.

Police is Mozambique, assisted by international law enforcement agencies, broke the backbone of these syndicates.

Speculation is rife locally that some of these gang members from Maputo may be involved in the latest kidnappings in South Africa.

The string of kidnappings has caused much fear and panic, especially amongst South Africa’s Indian community and also foreigners living in South Africa.

Some have taken steps to beef-up their personal security and that of their families.

The gangs are demanding millions of rands from their victims- far beyond their life-long savings.

Authorities need to act with vigour and get to the bottom of these kidnapping syndicates.

These gangs think they can get away with their ill-gotten gains. The law will eventually catch-up with them. Remember, you can run but you cannot hide!

Money laundering syndicates are also apparently working in cahoots with these kidnapping syndicates.

Someone, somewhere, somehow knows something. We need to break our silence and get these criminals arrested. If anyone has any information, please come forward.

Let’s also pray for the safe return of the victims.

If authorities don’t act now and act decisively, criminals will continue running amok.

We must stand united and DO something. We need to fight crime as a collective and we must now NOT allow these thugs to take our country over.

I remain hopeful that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the SAPS will act decisively. Crime is out of control and communities must stand up and say “enough is enough”. Let’s unite.

Now is the time! It’s time to #MakeSASafe

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist. He is an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador and also Namola Safety App’s Chief Ambassador.
Twitter: @abramjee

Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA).

I visited Diepsloot north of Johannesburg last week and met individuals from non-profit organisation Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA).

The NGO does superb work and they assist hundreds of abused women annually. They focus on gender-based violence and their legal and counseling services are all provided free of charge.

Scores of women are raped and beaten in Diepsloot every month. Yet, a proper SAPS station was only opened last year.

I was shocked to hear from Lawyers Against Abuse that there is no post-rape medical care in Diepsloot. Victims have to travel to Roodepoort, many kilometers away.

This is a disgrace! Why do victims have to suffer further trauma?

Minutes after I tweeted this, 1st For First Women, an insurance company, responded and offered to buy the rape kits. I even had a chat with the company’s group boss, Tom Creamer, who said they are willing to assist in whatever way possible.

1st for Women later engaged directly with Lawyers against Abuse Executive Director, Lindsay Henson, and offered their full support in LvA’s advocacy efforts in trying to obtain post-rape medical care in Diepsloot, including the necessary medical facility and personnel trained to collect the forensic evidence.

Well done Tom and 1st For Women. It is companies like yours who make a difference. Thank you for leading the way.

Corporate South Africa has a pivotal role to play, especially when government fails us.

If you want to link to LvA website:
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and social activist.
Twitter: @abramjee



Monday 19 June 2017

Dear Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, MEC’s, Mayors, MMC’s and corporate leaders,


You are fully aware that crime is affecting all of us.

Criminals are running amok and the situation does not seem to be improving. In fact, indications are that it’s getting worse.

South Africans are living in fear.

Criminals show no respect for life and property. With an average murder rate of just under 50 people each day, it is safe say: “Crime is killing South Africa.”

While the Constitution of our country guarantees us safety and security, we know we cannot depend solely on government. We need to strengthen public/private partnerships and mobilize
civil society.

We cannot only point fingers. Yes, it is our right to criticize and condemn but we must also find solutions. We must all work together to #MakeSAsafe

I accepted the role of Namola’s Chief Ambassador in December. I know that this safety app is making a difference and has the potential to make an even bigger difference in the months and years ahead.

The City of Tshwane’s TMPD launched Namola over a year ago. It has grown and developed. But, there is lots of opportunity to make it more effective – and we need the TMPD to commit further.

The Gauteng Community Safety Department under the leadership of MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane launched Namola a few weeks ago. The partnership with Gauteng Traffic is already yielding results.

MEC Nkosi-Malobane said “we have to embrace technology and improve response times…That’s what Namola is doing.”

And last week, the Mayor of Stellenbosch Gesie Van Deventer announced a partnership with Namola.

The Mayor said: “Using technology such as this in our fight against crime is an essential step in the right direction to improve the safety and security of our residents and visitors. The recent murder of a student and the rape of young girl within our municipal area have again highlighted the need for innovative thinking from local government to find and implement workable solutions. Namola provides a unique approach to improving safety and security and allows for multiple stakeholders to work together, including the Municipality, the South African Police Service and private security.”

We presented Namola to the South African Police Service (SAPS) a few months ago. It is the ideal solution to the problems being experienced at 10111 Centers. The Police’s Civil Secretariat has an e-policy and we are meeting them soon.

Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, is on record as saying that we must use technology in the fight against crime.

Namola has over 55 000 downloads. Gauteng has three control rooms and Stellenbosch is now live.

We guarantee a call-back within 90 seconds of the panic button being activated. And the nearest police and/or Metro/Traffic police vehicle will respond.

Namola will certainly contribute to #MakeSAsafe

I appeal to National, Provincial and Local Government to follow the lead taken by Tshwane, Gauteng and Stellenbosch and implement the safety app in their areas. Now is the time!

We’ve also had interest from Gauteng Disaster Management who want to use it for fire emergencies.

Happimo is the NPO that runs Namola.

It’s critical to invest time and money into the fight against crime.

Let’s cut the red-tape and get it going without delay.

We are getting requests from across South Africa.

In the informal settlement of Diepsloot north of Johannesburg we have a partnership with Memeza and when alarms are activated, the nearest police vehicle responds- thanks to Namola.

We hope to cover the entire South Africa by the end of this year- but we can only do with your support.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, have already shown interest in Namola.

Companies are often scared to be associated with the fight against crime because they think it’s negative. It’s not! It’s contributing to #MakeSAsafe and you have to invest into technology.

Let’s not allow criminals to ruin our country. Invest time and money and support initiatives such as Namola.

I salute people like businessman, Alan Knott-Craig, Jr, the co-founder of Namola for having the vision. Several foreign countries are already showing interest in Namola.

My concluding appeal to both the public and the private sectors: Cut the bureaucratic delays and get things going. For as long as you delay, criminals will be the only ones benefiting.

With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Chief Brand Ambassador: Namola, anti-crime activist and Social Cohesion Advocate

Twitter: @abramjee



THURSDAY 1 June 2017


(From left) Haroon Kalla from Awaqaf, Publisher Yaseen Theba, Al Firnas Patel from Crescent Lifestyle, CEO of Awqaf SA ,Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to South Africa Ghorm Said Malhan, Shaheen Essop from the South African Hajj and Umrah Council and social activist Yusuf Abramjee.

Two South African charities received a boost when R100 000 was donated to them to assist needy pilgrims traveling for the annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The proceeds of the coffee table book, #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj,  published by social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, were presented to Awqaf SA and Crescent Lifestyle in Pretoria today.

Abramjee published hundreds of photographs of his Hajj journey last year in a high-gloss A3 coffee table book.

“The idea was to create awareness of Hajj which is compulsory for all Muslim who can afford it at least once in their lifetime. Also, it brought back many memories for those who have been on Hajj. We need to promote social cohesion and religious tolerance and that’s what the book does,” said Abramjee.

He said the R100 000 raised from the proceeds of the book “will go some way to assist destitute pilgrims.”

Abramjee said the “Hajj Waqf” (Hajj Funds) helped scores of pilgrims annually.

Abramjee thanked publisher Yaseen Theba from Vision Branding and all the contributors and sponsors.

500 books were donated to libraries, schools and religious institutions.

#Hajj2016 received the support of scores of prominent South Africans including cabinet ministers, business leaders and social activists.

World renowned Islamic scholar, Mufti Islam Menk, from Zimbabwe, late stalwart Ahmed “Uncle Kathy”

Kathrada, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and former Ministers Derrick Hannekom and Tokio Sexwale were among those who endorsed #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to South Africa, Ghorm Said Malhan, said: “South African Muslims are a key part of South Africa as they became completely integrated into society and influenced all areas of life of SA culture.

“I would like to thank Yusuf for his book on Hajj and for his dedication and service to your community and country.”

“The book is indeed a clear example of the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and the South African Muslim community in particular, and the entire South Africa in general,” said Ambassdor Malhan.

He added that South Africans “should all be proud of their exceptional reputation for religious tolerance and diversity.”

The Ambassdor announced that the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia would also make a donation to the Hajj Fund.

CEO of Awqaf SA, Zeinoul Abedien Cajee, said: “We are proud of the

contribution made by Yusuf in the production of his #Hajj2016 Coffee Table album.”

“We are certain that the photographs presented will inspire many to look forward to this awesome pilgrimage-journey of a lifetime.

“We are also confident that the book will bring a better understanding about not only one of the great pillars of Islam, Hajj, but also about Islam as a complete  and comprehensive way of life, to both Muslims and people of other faiths and persuasions – especially in an era of Islamophobic tendencies,” said Cajee.

“The contribution to the “Hajj Waqf” from the proceeds of sales and donations of the book will be invested in the Awqaf SA Hajj Waqf Fund and its proceeds will be used on a sustainable basis to assist poor and needy pilgrims (or Hujjaj), and also to some the opportunity to experience the sacred journey.

Al-Firnas Patel, Managing Director of Crescent Lifestyle said: “We congratulate Yusuf on the successful publication of the #Hajj2016 book and its objectives.

“Crescent Lifestyle has for the past nine years added value to the lives of tens of thousands of South African Muslims through its unique product. In addition Crescent Lifestyle has also donated from its profits close to R4 million on behalf of its members to various beneficiaries and sponsored over 115 of its members to go for Umrah (mini pilgrimage).

“We welcome the funds towards the Hajj Fund received from Yusuf through his book and this will facilitate needy muslims to fulfill their dreams of going for Hajj.

“This is a noble and an admirable initiative and we encourage others to take on such initiatives. Together we can make a difference,” added Patel.


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Namola active in Gauteng: #CrimeMustFall

Namola active in Gauteng: #CrimeMustFall

Hot on the heels of Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, encouraging the use of technology in the fight against crime, the Namola Safety App has launched across Gauteng.

And plans are now underway to roll it out nationally while foreign counties have started showing interest.

The Gauteng Community Safety Department and Gauteng Traffic has started a pilot project which has an initial 20 vehicles fitted with tablets- based on the Uber taxi system.

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) was the first to use Namola over a year ago. Over 240 cars are fitted with devices which leads officers to crime scenes within minutes.

Namola Chief Ambassador, Yusuf Abramjee, said South Africa was leading the way with technology.

“With all the problem at 10111 centers, Namola is the solution. We are talking to the SAPS. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is looking at it also.

“Smartphone users can download the app free and press one button during an emergency. We guarantee a call back time of under 90 seconds and authorities are immediately alerted,” Abramjee said.

He said the entire Gauteng has GPS location which means victims don’t have to waste time explaining where they are.

“Namola increases response times by up to 10 minutes or so. It can save lives. The time has come and #CrimeMustFall

“This app is the latest weapon in the fight against crime. We have to embrace technology and we hope to take Namola to every corner of South Africa this year.” Abramjee added.

The anti-crime activist said: “Namola is a world first and we are proud it founded by a South African NPO. It is user friendly and it works!”

Namola has almost 11 000 downloads and the numbers are increasing by the day. “With Gauteng live now, we expect the downloads to increase substantially,” added Abramjee.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, said: “Namola is the answer in our quest to improve efficiency and effectiveness in response times of our law enforcement agencies as well as emergency services to crime scenes.

“This partnership will contribute immensely in our fight against crime and ensuring that Gauteng citizens are and feel safe.

“We are witnessing a ground breaking launch… ‘Namola’ which means ‘To help out’ is designed to improve the alert and despatch times to under five or so minutes.

“This innovation should be applauded because for some time there has been an outcry by certain members of our communities about the delay in response times to crime scenes and emergency incidents but I am excited that with implementation of this innovation that will be the thing of the past,” said the MEC.

“Namola speaks directly to the Gauteng Government’s ten pillar programme: that of Transformation, Modernization and Re-industrialization which aims to confront some of the challenges facing policing in our Province.

“I am also excited that the invention of this technology is taking place in the backdrop of Gauteng City Region initiative to integrate radio communication of all law enforcement agencies in the Province. This is an important milestone, which will assist in maximizing the utilization of available policing resources in the province,” said Nkosi-Malobane.

“The technology is made up of three elements namely; a user app for citizens to request assistance, a tablet fitted in response vehicles for quick alerts and response, and a call centre operation based at the relevant despatch office to validate alerts.

“The project has been operational within Tshwane Metro Police Department for over a year and now we are launching Gauteng Traffic Police pilot project on twenty of our vehicles.”

Nkosi-Malobane added: “It’s all systems go. We have already installed the application in our fleet, test runs have been conducted, a control room has been set up at our head office and it’s fully functional. I am excited by this new development and that our people will be able to receive assistance quite speedily.

“Recently Gauteng experienced a spate taxi rapes and robberies and I appeal to the taxi industry to embrace this innovation to improve the safety of its passengers.

“Crime fighting is a collective responsibility that requires partnership from all sectors of our communities and I am confident that this partnership will inspire other sectors to play a meaningful role in our quest to ensure Gauteng citizens are and feel safe,” she added.


*The Namola Safety App has been launched in Gauteng.

With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

I will continue doing the right thing and fight for a safer SA

Well known anti-crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee, says a decision by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to block his twitter account is “childish and immature” and he has called for an urgent investigation.

@SapoliceService blocked @abramjee this afternoon causing lots of anger.

(See tweets)

Abramjee said he has asked Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to urgently investigate the matter.

“I suspect I was blocked because I tweet incidents of crime constantly and hold police to account. If anything, the decision to block me will make me even more determined to continue exposing crime, corruption and police inefficiency,” Abramjee said.

He added: “Police communication has historically been poor. They get from bad to worse. But I remain confident Minister Mbalula is going to clean-up the mess soon.”

Abramjee has been in the forefront on anti-crime campaigns over the years. He is an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador also.

He added that he is also considering reporting the matter to IPID.

Abramjee has been outspoken over the years. “I often support the cops and I often condemn them. I will continue doing the right thing and fight for a safer SA.”

Abramjee welcomes ruling by the CRL Rights Commission

Social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, has welcomed a ruling by the CRL Rights Commission that has found social media comments in response to a proposed Mosque in Valhalla, Pretoria, “Islamophobic and unacceptable.”

The Commission has ruled that a series of comments at the height of the Valhalla Mosque controversy “did not only offend the Muslim Community but were an affront to all our efforts as a nation to national co-existence and social cohesion.”

The CRL Commission will be setting a meeting with the representatives of FaceBook South Africa to discuss this matter. They said they want “decisive steps to be taken to deal with those accounts.”

Abramjee said he was happy the commission ruled in his favour. “I hope it will serve as a deterrent.”

The Commission said it updated Abramjee about the progress and status of his complaints against Commissioner Richard Botha and that “this matter was not closed but has been referred to the Speaker of Parliament.”

Abramjee asked that Botha expelled from the commission after he allegedly compared a Mosque to a brothel, a claim he denied.

Abramjee also accused Botha of being Islamophic. Abramjee said Botha was the main objector to the Valhalla Mosque and “he failed to declare he was a member of the commission.”

Abramjee has welcomed the decision of the Commission and said that he was happy that this matter is being addressed and that “we must allow the processes to run its course”.

He said he would also ask the Speaker of Parliament to expedite the Botha matter.


To: Editors/ Reporters 24 APRIL 2017


**De Goode Hoop Afrikaans only student residence

On Friday, 21 April 2017 the CRL Rights Commission met with Mr Yusuf Abramjee and Mantoa Selepe to discuss the De Goode Hoop Afrikaans only student residence in Pretoria.

Mr Abramjee and Selepe lodged a formal complaint with the Commission after it emerged from some media reports that the residence was for “Afrikaans Christian” students only. The complainants argued that the residence was unconstitutional and “is apartheid in disguise.” They called on the commission to probe the matter and make a ruling urgently.

Abramjee and Selepe said that in view of our democratic state, students from all racial, cultural and linguistic communities should be admitted to the residence. “To ask students to write an essay in Afrikaans in order for them to be considered for admittance to the residence was wrong.”

The Commission will be setting a meeting with the Management of De Goode Hoop residence, the University of Pretoria and also the City of Tshwane in order to get to the bottom of this matter.

***Valhalla Mosque

The CRL Commission has ruled that a series of comments made on social media during the height of the Valhalla Mosque controversy were “Islamophobic and unacceptable as these did not only offend the Muslim Community but were an affront to all our efforts as a nation to national co-existence and social cohesion.

The CRL Commission will be setting a meeting with the representatives of Face -Book South Africa to discuss this matter and thereby ensure that decisive steps are taken to deal with those accounts.

In addition, the Commission updated Mr Abramjee about the progress and status of his complaints against Commissioner Richard Botha in that this matter was not closed but has been referred to the Speaker of Parliament.

Mr Abramjee has welcomed the decision of the Commission and said that he was happy that this matter is being addressed and that “we must allow the processes to run its course”.

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