Judiciary Inquiry needed
Islam not averse to girls’ education
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