Hajj and Umrah Operators in South Africa
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The airport terminal was packed at 10am the morning as hundreds of family members waited in anticipation for their loved ones, some crying as the glowing hujjaj walked through the terminal doors. Amongst the 50 hujaaj were VOC presenter, Jamiel Wallace, and his wife Faghma, trust member Yusuf Bailey and some of the station's sponsored hujjaj.
Speaking to VOC on Monday, newly returned Mohamed Aqeel Kader, said to him the experience was a "blessing". "We were five minutes late and therefore missed our flight, but KA, Sahuc and the Muassassah immediately came forward and took care of the 72 of us." He said the Muassassah ensured that they were cared for in every possible way.
A total of 84 South Africans were due to have left Jeddah on Thursday, but busses laid on by the Muassasah arrived late in Azzizia to take the pilgrims to Jeddah airport. There was a second bungle when the driver took them to the wrong terminal and as a result, the group missed their flight home. However, 12 other hujjaj from Rasools Travel who were on the same flight, did manage to make the flight and travelled on to Cape Town on Friday.
"A total of 84 South Africans had been scheduled to be on the Ehtihad flight on Friday evening, but only the 12 from Rasools Travel managed to get to the airport in time to make the flight," secretary general of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc), Shaheen Essop, reported on Friday morning. "The problem was due to a small bungle by the Muassasah who should have sent a bus at 5am to collect the hujjaj. Instead, the bus only arrived at 12pm."
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.