A group of volunteers say they have been left disgusted after spending the day in the company of orphaned children at a local safe haven in Athlone. The angry group of people, who come from different backgrounds, have now raised concerns about the upholding of religion at various children’s homes across the Cape Flats, after witnessing the feeding of pork to several Muslim children. One witness claims that while volunteering at Christine Revell Children’s Home they found that staff members were feeding Muslim children pork for dinner. “Upon questioning, it was discovered that it was due to the fact that no-one is prepared to supply halaal meat to the home. This is terrible! I know many other homes and schools that are going through similar situations and I really hope to be able to find a halaal meat supplier for them,” she says.“At an educare in Mowbray where I volunteered, their children are also facing the same issue. Muslim children are being fed pork due to the fact that there’s a lack of Muslim influence.”Another distraught volunteer called on the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) to step in. “This is wrong, no matter what the situation. The MJC, which represents the Muslim community in the Western Cape, can assist our people to ensure that steps are followed at these homes for our vulnerable Muslim children. This is an issue all over the country and some organisations are not bothered with the fact that they are feeding children things that they are not supposed to eat, no matter what religion they practice.” Alicia Rhoda, the director at Christine Revell Children’s Home, has denied the allegations and says the meat used for the children’s food is purchased from a halaal meat supplier. “We trust that the meat sold to us is halaal. Even though we only have one confirmed Muslim child at present, we continue to prepare halaal meals even if Muslim children are in the minority, because we are obligated to use halaal meats by the Department of Social Development,” she says.Rhoda stressed that some of her staff are Muslim and eat halaal meats, and the food preparation for the children, specifically cooking utensils and pots, are under no circumstances mixed. We have separate microwaves for that purpose too. I hereby confirm that under no circumstances do the children eat non-halaal meats.”Mishka Darries, media spokesperson for MJC, says their organisation has not received any complaints from the community regarding the Home. The MJC Halaal Trust will investigate the matter and will provide a full report.