Anti-gay flyer not our do­ing, says char­ity

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CARYN DOLLEY

A LO­CAL branch of an in­ter­na­tional aid or­gan­i­sa­tion that has found it­self the tar­get of an ap­par­ent smear cam­paign which be­gan four years ago, has urged res­i­dents to help them iden­tify who is be­hind it.

Over the years, the cam­paign, which calls for gays and les­bians to be killed and which falsely names the or­gan­i­sa­tion Mus­lim Hands as be­ing in­volved, has resur­faced through fly­ers cir­cu­lated lo­cally.

Mus­lim Hands works to tackle the causes of poverty and has an of­fice in Ry­lands.

In the lat­est resur­gence of the cam­paign, a flyer was sent to a club in Parow cater­ing to gay clien­tele.

A sec­tion of the flyer said: “Kill all gays and les­bians all over the world. Kill the bast*rds.”

It listed the UK head of Mus­lim Hands, as well as the owner of the Ry­lands busi­ness, Taj Ra­dio and TV Cen­tre, as its com­man­ders.

Mus­lim Hands SA is af­fil­i­ated to the broader or­gan­i­sa­tion launched in the UK in 1993.

This week Mus­lim Hands SA man­ager Im­raan Roomaney said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was not linked to the flyer in any way.

“Since 2012 we have been vic­tims of a vi­cious slur cam­paign, the rea­sons which we can­not fathom,” a press re­lease by the or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

“Defam­a­tory let­ters are sent to var­i­ous peo­ple via post, falsely ac­cus­ing our mem­bers of things not be­fit­ting our es­teemed or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

The land­lord of the build­ing hous­ing Mus­lim Hands SA is MH Parker, the owner of the Ry­lands busi­ness also named on the flyer. Parker said he had ap­proached po­lice about the mat­ter and had hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor to look into it.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the flyer or cam­paign should call Mus­lim Hands on mail@mus­ or 021 633 6413.

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