Residents of the Dakota Informal Settlement have thrown their support behind the Isipingo Beach Muslim community against self-confessed Islamophobe, Chandra Ellaurie. Earlier a protest was held in front of Ellaurie’s residence by members of the Isipingo community. A memorandum was left attached to his residence by the informal settlement dwellers who call for the Azaan judgment to be reversed. The Isipingo Beach resident who won a court application objecting to the Islamic call to prayer being aired around his also now faces criminal charges.
A former councillor and consultant, Mohammed Yacoob Baig has charged Ellaurie with crimen injuria, hate speech and blasphemy.
The memorandum by the informal settlers voiced support against Chandra Ellaurie and further stated that the Muslim community of Isipingo provided much-needed support during the lockdown.
The Isipingo Beach Muslim community help us very much in the lockdown & also help us & our children all year round.Dakota Informal Settlement, Isipingo
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has also come under fire for issuing a statement around the subject of religious intolerance. The Sabha has positioned itself slamming Chandra Ellaurie’s actions, against the Islamic institute as “unacceptable”. However some Hindu followers believe they should not be supporting the Muslim community against Chandra Ellaurie read more here.
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