By Vision Reporter
MUSLIM clerics and families of the arrested South African terror suspects have claimed that they are being subjected to Islamaphobia and terror profiling.
The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) in South Africa told local newspapers that it believed Islamic cleric Mufti Hussain Bhayat and Haroon Saley detained in Kampala on terrorism allegations are being subjected to Islamaphobic profiling.
The MJC and the Media Review Network (MRN) want South Africa Intelligence Minister, Ronnie Kasrils, to intervene in the case of the men being handled by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force. The MRN, by the weekend, was also preparing to send its chairperson, Iqbal Jassat, to accompany Zahid Asmal of Channel Islam International to Uganda to assess the case.
The MRN and MJC said they were outraged â€œthat Muslims of undeniable integrity and a track-record of poverty alleviation have been profiled as â€˜terroristsâ€™.
â€œThis feeds into the orchestrated frenzy of Islamophobia that can only be detrimental to the harmonious relationship currently enjoyed by our people on the continent,â€ the organisations commented.
The two were arrested at Entebbe International Airport on Monday with two other Ugandans Muslims who had gone to the airport to receive them. Security declined to reveal the identity of the locals.Radio Islam in South Africa reports that Bhayat lives in Lenasia, and Saley is a resident of Azaadville.
Army spokesperson Maj. Paddy Ankunda said the two were suspected of being involved in terrorism activities and that they had not been tortured.
â€œWe are stilling holding them. We have got useful leads and still compiling more information.â€
Yousha Tayob, who spoke on behalf of the suspectsâ€™ families said they had received acknowledgement from Uganda that Bhayat and Saley are in custody, but didn't know why. â€œWe are trying to establish consular access and that will tell us everything we need to know,â€ Tayob said. â€œWe have been given no official reason,â€ he said over the weekend.