Freedom for Religion South Africa (FORSA) had requested a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Justice to discuss the PEPUDA Bill. Eighteen participants from various faith groups and personnel from the Department of Justice attended the virtual meeting on the 7th July 2021. The Deputy Minister had the opportunity to listen first hand, to concerns raised by faith communities. It is estimated that the Department has received approximately 150 000 submissions objecting to the PEPUDA Bill. The avalanche of submissions has clearly demonstrated to the Department of Justice that the faith community is dismayed at the attempted imposition of a straitjacket ideology which may promote conflict rather than reduce it. The Deputy Minister was somewhat perturbed that the invitation to comment on the Bill had been used instead, to carry out a referendum. He however intimated that a clause may be included in the Bill which will provide specific protection of religious rights. It remains to be seen what this will consist of and the level of protection it will give to those who give public expression to the teachings of their faith.
The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA) held its quarterly meeting in Durban on the 17 and 18 of May 2021, wherein various matters of national importance were discussed.
Delegates representing eight of the nine members; the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), Jamiatul Ulama KZN (JUKZN), Sunni Jamiatul Ulama (SJU), Sunni Ulama Council (SUC), Cape Town, Ulama Board (CTUB), Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre (DIHC), Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) and the Council of Ulama Eastern Cape (CUEC) attended the two day meeting in Durban. The Northern Cape Ulama Council (NCUC) could not be present.
Key points of discussion included the following:
• Comprehensive sexuality education in schools
• The proposed single marriage statute
• The need to enhance integration and participation of indigenous Ulama within the structures of affiliate members
• Challenges in Hilaal sighting that may compromise unity in South Arica
• The uncertainty around the upcoming Hajj season
• The 100 day Palestine Awareness Program.
UUCSA also embarked on strategic stakeholder engagement. It met with:
• The Islamic Medical Association of South Africa – (Durban Chapter)
• The Association of Muslim Schools – (Durban Chapter)
• The Minarah Chamber of Commerce
"Alhumdulillah, we enjoyed very productive and robust discussions over the two day period. We thank our hosts, the Sunni Jamiatul Ulama for their hospitality. We humbly beseech your support and duas for the success of UUCSA" said Maulana Abdul Khaliq Allie; the President of UUCSA.
The aim of UUCSA is to unitedly work towards the preservation, promotion and protection of Muslim identity and interest in South Africa.
26 May 2021
Members of UUCSA met over 2 days for important strategic discussions affecting Muslims of South Africa. A total number of twenty four delegates representing nine organizations from the various provinces converged at the Offices of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) for the two day indaba.
Mr Cyril Ramaphosa
Republic of South Africa
Re: Civil Union Amendment Bill
Section 6 of the Civil Union Act (2006) exempts marriage officers from solemnizing same sex marriages based on their conscience, religion and belief. Section 6 is consistent with the constitutionally protected rights set out in sections 15 and 18 of the Constitution.