Shock at pig’s head on mosque site

2012-07-28 00:00

THE head of a freshly slaughtered pig placed between two posters bearing photos of pigs — a sacrilegious insult to Muslims — was left on a site in Queensburgh, Durban, where a mosque is being built. Muslims do not eat pork.

Chairperson of the Queensburgh Islamic Society Iqbal Randeree fought conflicting emotions of anger, hurt and sadness at the intolerance displayed by the act.

Randeree said that on Thursday morning the builders arrived at the site and found the laminated posters and a pig’s head on the far end of the construction site. He was not sure how the culprits got in because the site was completely fenced.

“After the incident, Babs [Govindasamy, the site foreman] recalled something that had happened the previous week,” said Randeree.

“He told us of a guy driving a green BMW who stopped and asked what was being built. He was told it was a place of worship and he asked why … when there was a church right across the way. Babs explained that they were not building a church, but a mosque. This was when this man shouted that he would come back and burn the building.”

Govindasamy said the culprits had gone to great lengths. “They had the pictures enlarged and laminated so it could be seen at a distance. This was not work done overnight.”

A case of intimidation and crimen injuria has been opened at Malvern police station.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge confirmed receiving the complaint. “With respect to the finding of a pig’s head, it would amount to religious intolerance and not a criminal act. The complaint has been recorded as an incident report,” Mdunge said.

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