Ju­di­ciary In­quiry needed

Is­lam not averse to girls’ ed­u­ca­tion

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS - DA Leader in Ekurhu­leni Morn­ing­side, Dur­ban

AF­TER read­ing the ar­ti­cle (“Probe into Ekurhu­leni Hous­ing Cor­rup­tion”, Oc­to­ber 10), I wish to com­ment on the mat­ter.

The DA in Ekurhu­leni has taken note of the stated in­ten­tion of the Deputy Direc­tor-Gen­eral of Gaut­eng’s Hu­man Set­tle­ments Keith Khoza’s in­ten­tions to in­ves­ti­gate coun­cil­lor Chauke’s al­leged fraud­u­lent sale of houses.

How­ever, we must state that we do not trust their in­ves­tiga­tive unit. This was be­cause this unit took an­other case of hous­ing fraud in Davey­ton in 2013 and – to date – have not come back to the com­mu­nity of Davey­ton with an­swers on this mat­ter.

I posed ques­tions in coun­cil for writ­ten re­ply in 2015, to the then MMC for Hu­man Set­tle­ments, Aubrey Nx­u­malo, on this mat­ter.

In his re­ply, he stated he was aware of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but he did not have a progress re­port on it. To date, the si­lence on this is­sue is deaf­en­ing.

We, there­fore, as the DA, be­lieve a ju­di­cial in­quiry into this mat­ter is the only ini­tia­tive that would high­light the level of cor­rup­tion and stop com­mu­ni­ties and the poor from be­ing robbed of their hopes of own­ing their own homes by cor­rupt politi­cians and of­fi­cials.

We will con­tinue to call on the gov­ern­ment to in­sti­tute this much-needed in­quiry.

Cur­rently, the DA is in­un­dated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who do not trust the present gov­ern­ment but have valid doc­u­men­tary proof of hous­ing cor­rup­tion. They will, how­ever, only speak to a ju­di­cial in­quiry for fear of per­se­cu­tion by the cor­rupt.

We can­not al­low cor­rup­tion to con­tinue to erode our so­ci­eties, and we will not let this is­sue rest un­til the mat­ter is ad­journed.

The DA will con­tinue to work with those in need and give a voice to the voice­less. We will do what­ever it takes to con­tinue high­light­ing the high lev­els of cor­rup­tion in Ekurhu­leni and en­sure jus­tice pre­vails to end this scourge. Phillip de Lange THE ar­gu­ment that Is­lam pro­hibits the ed­u­ca­tion of women is lame be­cause there is not a sin­gle verse in the Qur’an to sup­port this claim.

Prophet Muham­mad, peace be upon him, came at a time when the Arab so­ci­ety, like so many pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­eties at that time, was rife with ab­hor­rent prac­tices against girls. He preached Is­lam, lib­er­at­ing women and girls in every walk of life, ed­u­ca­tion be­ing a prime as­pect. In mod­ern times, those who dis­ap­prove of girls’ ed­u­ca­tion are not speak­ing from a sound re­li­gious per­spec­tive, but rather a lim­ited and ex­treme po­lit­i­cal view that does not rep­re­sent all Mus­lims and in no way rep­re­sents the po­si­tion of Is­lam it­self.

The me­dia of­ten shows a poor vil­lage in a Mus­lim coun­try, where girls are not al­lowed to seek ed­u­ca­tion. Then, they con­nect it to Is­lam. Crit­ics need to stop mixing cul­ture and re­li­gion.

In Is­lam we were taught that if you ed­u­cate a man you ed­u­cate an in­di­vid­ual and if you ed­u­cate a woman you ed­u­cate an en­tire na­tion. Ba­si­cally, the ex­is­tence of a woman is solely de­pen­dent on ed­u­ca­tion from the cra­dle to the grave. Seek­ing ed­u­ca­tion is a re­spon­si­bil­ity to every Mus­lim, male or fe­male. Thus, seek­ing knowl­edge is a fun­da­men­tal right for every Mus­lim woman.

For the Mus­lim woman, ed­u­ca­tion is em­pow­er­ing. It re­moves the shack­les of ig­no­rance. It builds self-es­teem and con­fi­dence. Ed­u­ca­tion is the gift that keeps on giv­ing. Shaista Mia

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