SA Muslims deported from Namibia for praying

2016-07-22 15:01

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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.

 

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