Friends of the Hujjaj
|Imraahn Mukaddam (Convenor)|
As the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj draws towards an end this year, the fiasco in South Africa regarding Hajj lives on.
According to FotH representative, Jakes Rawat from Hajj Watch, the collective met with the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) on Wednesday and wrote a letter to the Saudi Ambassador to provide relief visas for the remaining hujjaj who still hope to travel with As Sabireen."We are still waiting on news, but at this stage, we are not hopeful. However, we continue making dua for a favourable outcome," he related on Friday morning.
Furious and traumatised hujjaj voiced their opinions on the haj operators who they claim have been unjust in their visa dealings and haj travel packages. An enraged Abu-bakr Davids was blunt, describing himself as "gatvol" (fedup) with haj regulator, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc). He proposed that the organisation be investigated.
However, the group seems to have had a change of heart on its membership after VOC raised questions about the role of alleged errant operators on board. Asked about its membership, Mukaddam said FotH was mainly spearheaded by two consumer bodies - the National Consumer Forum and advocacy group, Hajj Watch. On Tuesday VOC reported that As Sabireen had confirmed that they were part of the group while Gulf International Tours strongly denied being part of the group, stating that any individuals claiming to belong to this company in joining FotH had done so fraudulently and would face legal action.