Anger at pic­tures of uri­na­tion at mosque


A BO-KAAP imam has crit­i­cised or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Tweede Nuwe Jaar pa­rade af­ter pho­to­graphs of min­strels uri­nat­ing against a mosque’s walls sur­faced.

Imam Ab­dul Moutie Sa­ban, re­li­gious leader at the Bo-Kaap’s Jameah Masjid in Lower Chi­ap­pini Street for the past 40 years, has pho­to­graphs show­ing the min­strels uri­nat­ing on the walls.

Sa­ban had warned about the po­ten­tial for this be­hav­iour be­fore the pa­rade and or­gan­is­ers said they made ef­forts to pro­vide pub­lic toi­lets.

“The or­gan­is­ers should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this. We can­not al­low this be­hav­iour. This is a sa­cred place. Peo­ple who saw this said the min­strels didn’t even take any no­tice of them when they tried to stop them.”

Sa­ban had also said that in a De­cem­ber 16 min­strel event, “half-naked girls” en­tered local mosques to use toi­lets.

“About 15 buses came into the area… A group of young girls and some adults just walked into the masjid half-naked and they wanted to use the toi­lets. Con­fronta­tions en­sued be­cause the wor­ship­pers are not used to this. When they were told the mosque did not have a pub­lic toi­let, they be­came abu­sive.”

Muneeb Gam­beno, di­rec­tor of the Kaapse Klopse Kar­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion, which or­gan­ised the pa­rade, said they “don’t con­done this type of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour”. “We apol­o­gise on be­half of all of the fra­ter­nity. We cau­tioned the troupe lead­ers.

“We posted no­tices and re­quests via our Face­book page,” said Gam­beno. “We sup­plied suf­fi­cient toi­lets.”

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