SA Muslims deported from Namibia for praying

2016-07-22 15:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Windhoek - Namibian police arrested and deported nine South African Muslims for performing Salah prayers, The Namibian reported on Thursday.

They were deported back to Cape Town on Tuesday, Karas police regional commander Johannes Tsuseb said.

They had been in the country to strengthen ties with fellow Muslims.

Immigration officials arrested them for breaching the conditions of their stay -  performing "religious work" after they had entered the country on visitors’ permits.

Namibian Islamic Judicial Council head, Sheikh Desmond Dawid Tjipanga, said he had a strong suspicion that the group was placed under police surveillance after crossing the border into Namibia.

Tjipanga said immigration officials stopped and questioned the group at the border. They were arrested while performing prayers at a nearby mosque a while later.

"They demanded permits which allowed the group to undertake religious activities. The group could not provide what was demanded and they were arrested and subsequently deported," Tjipanga said.

Broadcaster eNCA reported that Tjipanga had criticised the Namibian government for failing to recognise Muslim marriages. He said it was discrimination against the Muslim community.

 

Read more on:    hage geingob  |  namibia  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.