Ramaphosa urges SA to unite

2018-07-19 06:01
PHOTOS: andile sitholePresident Cyril Ramaphosa (middle) greets family members of the slain worshipper.

PHOTOS: andile sitholePresident Cyril Ramaphosa (middle) greets family members of the slain worshipper.

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Ramaphosa sent his condolences to the family of Abbas Essop (34), who was killed when unknown men attacked the mosque.

He said that all religions are accepted and protected in the Constitution.

“The way you worship must be respected.”

National director for Afosa Syed Aftab Haider said: “It was an honour and [it was] encouraging to have the president visit. The community feels very energised today [July 7] that the leader of the country is supporting us, is behind us. We feel safer and that our government is responsible for taking care of the people of this country.

“We hope that the promises and commitments he made will not waver. I would like to emphasise the point he mentioned. He said, in this country, we do not have something called minority. We are all South Africans. All South Africans have equal rights. We hope our communities will extend to that,” he said. Chairperson and founder of the mosque Azad Seedat said: “The president, in his speech, said we’re South Africans first, whether you are Muslim, Christian or Hindu, we are all equal. This is what South Africans should believe, this is what we should do. The message resonated with the crowd. They accepted that we must put our differences aside and be proudly South Africans. I am excited that, in his address, he spoke about social cohesion,” Seedat said.

Ramaphosa rolled out the #ThumaMina campaign to engage in organisational work in the three regions, Musa Dladla, eThekwini and Greater KwaDukuza.

The campaign aims to promote voluntarism and inspire patriotism in addressing the communities.

The programme also aims at cementing unity and diversity by promoting social cohesion in addition to celebrating the lives and times of former president Nelson Mandela and ANC veteran Albertina Sisulu. The two giants would have turned 100 this year.

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