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Pandor calls for tolerance

2012-08-14 22:47

Cape Town - Parliament should send a message to South Africans to exhibit tolerance at the highest level possible, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

Pandor was speaking in the National Assembly following various statements from political parties condemning the murder of 27-year-old Muhammad Fayaaz Kazi, allegedly by two Afrikaans-speaking men.

MPs described the murder as "brutal".

"This kind of racial and religious intolerance is unacceptable," said ANC MP Roy Ainsley.

Pandor said the entire house should express regret at the incident and take collective responsibility for urging South Africans to practise tolerance.

"We really should encourage our nation to have regard to the social cohesion... and the need for us to reflect [on] the religious freedom that is part of our Constitution and the respect for human dignity, which was apparently infringed in this case," she said.

The two men accused of the Kazi murder are expected back in court on 21 August.

Kazi, from Ventersdorp, and his father's friend Anser Mahmood were attacked at a Chicken Licken outlet in Magaliesburg last Monday.

Mahmood said two white, Afrikaans-speaking men made fun of Kazi's beard and insulted them.

Kazi, who understood Afrikaans, confronted the two men and a fight broke out. Both Kazi and his friend were attacked and the two white men fled the scene. Kazi later died in hospital.

His alleged attackers were denied bail on Monday.

Comments
  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-14 23:11

    We really cannot tolerate any more. From every angle, your govt's inability to write policies and feed the media cute soundbites does not magically make jobs, houses, water, electricity, safety (the list goes on) appear. We're a very angry, disappointed, disillusioned society with absolutely zero direction from so-called leaders. All you've been really good at is spending our money and building walls.

  • pawel.poniatowski.3 - 2012-08-15 01:09

    but its OK if it happens the other way round...

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-15 02:35

      it should only be condemned if the farmer is killed,double standards wont take you anywhere

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-15 01:19

    We also regret that police officers are killed daily. What will you do about that?

  • emile.marais - 2012-08-15 02:08

    Tolerance and condemnation seems to be selectively applied by these charlatans posing as civil servants.

  • amelia.basson - 2012-08-15 04:19

    How biased is this! How come race, language and colour of the perperator is clearly spelled out in this article? When women,babies and elderly are tortured and butchered by groups of black cowards on farms, the killers are euphemistically reported as assailants. News24 I'm unliking you on facebook and unfollowing you on Twitter. I prefer to read the proper and unbiased reporting of Mail

  • amelia.basson - 2012-08-15 04:21

    How biased is this! How come race, language and colour of the perperator is clearly spelled out in this article? When women,babies and elderly are tortured and butchered by groups of black cowards on farms, the killers are euphemistically reported as assailants. News24 I'm unliking you on facebook and unfollowing you on Twitter. I prefer to read the proper and unbiased reporting of Mail

      yanga.tamela - 2012-08-15 07:01

      News24 is encouraging intorelance cz their biased too much

  • amelia.basson - 2012-08-15 04:21

    How biased is this! How come race, language and colour of the perperator is clearly spelled out in this article? When women,babies and elderly are tortured and butchered by groups of black cowards on farms, the killers are euphemistically reported as assailants. News24 I'm unliking you on facebook and unfollowing you on Twitter. I prefer to read the proper and unbiased reporting of Mail

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-15 07:10

    Sp, Kazi confronted them first? This is new...

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-15 07:13

    I would suggest that South Africans in turn send a message to parliament, informing them that we require some honesty, integrity and endeavour in return for the salaries we pay them. Once they provide that we'll listen to them again.

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-08-15 07:20

    What happened to South Africa

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-08-15 09:11

    cheap shot ANC. there were many other instances of race-murders just this month. why go ito such a huff when it's afrikaner people killing somebody? how many people have died in the last two months just over service delivery protests? were those killings justified? were they somehow "not as bad" as two white guys killing a muslim? there were times when i would honestly defend the anc. there are times when your policies makes sense, where your politicians do their jobs right. then there are times like these, times where im reminded exactly why i hate you so much ANC. you will go to any lengths to get voters. you extort tragedy, you encourage vigilantism and mob justice, you undermine legal processes, you shoot down anyone who opposes you. you are the worst thing to ever happen to this country

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