Application for more mosques underway

Mayor Patricia de Lille has confirmed that several applications are underway.
Mayor Patricia de Lille has confirmed that several applications are underway.

With the majority of the South Africa’s Muslims residing in the Western Cape, City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has confirmed that several applications to process more places of worship are currently underway­.

The feedback comes after ongoing requests to the City’s offices for the building of more mosques within the province.

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) leadership met with the mayor last week to discuss the delay in allocating land for the mosques.

“My meeting with the MJC was about the number of applications submitted by them that were delayed in the City. I’ve consulted with the City manager who has agreed to put in place a special team in the administration to process the applications,” explains De Lille.

“I did say to the MJC leadership that proportionally the majority of Muslims in the country live in the Western Cape and [the number is] growing; therefore the need for places of worship for Muslim persons has increased.”

The MJC thanked the mayor for acknowledging the issue and for putting processes and procedures in place to ensure an equal balance of religious places of worship is available in the future.

The MJC adds this is an ongoing project to continue to work with the City to ensure that land is made available to the Muslim community for more mosques to be erected.

A follow-up meeting between the City and the MJC will take place soon to give feedback on the applications for more mosques.

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