Samrem marredby controversy

2019-03-27 06:02
PHOTO: byrone athmanMagistrate Ashin Singh at the beginning of Samrem’s meeting, kicking out ANC Msunduzi councillor Mehmood Oumar after he spoke out against Singh’s actions of asking for a policeman, deemed to be a spy, to be removed.

PHOTO: byrone athmanMagistrate Ashin Singh at the beginning of Samrem’s meeting, kicking out ANC Msunduzi councillor Mehmood Oumar after he spoke out against Singh’s actions of asking for a policeman, deemed to be a spy, to be removed.

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THE South African Minority Rights Equality Movement’s (Samrem) call for a public debate/meeting regarding “African racism” last Wednesday turned into complete chaos with numerous people being turned away while others openly left before the meeting was over.

Attracting over 100 people, the meeting was called to address matters that they felt were being discriminatory against Indians, Coloureds and White people by the Black ANC government.

Samrem’s convener and a senior magistrate in the city, Ashin Singh, caused much controversy from the beginning, kicking out a policeman which he believed was there to spy on him amid criticism from certain crowd members.

ANC Msunduzi councillor Mehmood Oumar was also kicked out because he argued against the removal of the policeman.

Singh told the public that Samrem and himself believed that black Africans were more racist than Afrikaners, saying that the Indian, Coloured and White community was being oppressed by a racist ANC government.

“We, the Indians; White and Coloured people are being targeted because we are hardworking and intelligent.

“Black Zimbabweans are the only others who are at the same level as us in terms of work ethic,” said Singh.

Singh went on to say that the reason for the influx of informal settlements in the Indian communities was to influence voting patterns in favour of the ANC.

He added that black South Africans who are homeless in the community are dirtying the streets by urinating and defecating, causing it to “stink”.

“Our intelligent children are being blocked from fair entry into university because the government is only granting Black students access to university education,” said Singh.

After Singh’s speech, ANC Moses Mabhida Regional Task Team (RTT) member Mzi Thebolla told the public after being interrupted that the policies in place by the ANC government favoured black Africans, Indians, Coloureds and White females.

When outside, Oumar questioned the motives of Singh in kicking out the policeman whom he thought was a spy and his own removal, stating that Singh was dividing the community through his actions.

After the meeting, community leader and activist Jay Jugwanth spoke out against the controversy surrounding the meeting and stated that majority of the Indians within the community did not feel the way Samrem and Singh did.

Singh said that he would be taking up his and Samrem’s grievances with the United Nations by lodging a complaint about the treatment of all minority groups within South Africa.

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