Moulana Igsaan Hendricks
As the Orion Cold Storage Company returned to the Cape High Court on Thursday at 10am where three parties, including the South African National Halal Authority (Sanha), was applying for an urgent interim interdict against it, Muslims have expressed outrage at allegations that the company had deliberately relabelled imported products used in processed meat as halal. When contacted by VOC on Thursday morning, Orion declined to comment and said they would issue a statement later.
Also on Thursday the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) - who had certified some of the products distributed by Orion - said it had serious concerns about the company and was cooperating fully with the investigation. This includes its own internal probe into the matter. "At this stage, we do not know all the details yet, so it is too early to comment, but there has been genuine concerns about this company for some time," president of the MJC, Maulana Igsaan Hendricks, told VOC.
Less than a month after the successful conclusion of the Africa 1 Aid humanitarian convoy which took over R10 million in aid to Gaza, mainly from South Africa, the next South African convoy will be returning to the besieged region with 10 -15 activists. According to Moulana Igsaan Hendricks, who spearheaded the convoy on behalf of the Muslim Judicial Council and the Al-Quds Foundation South Africa, the latest convoy will be ready to depart on October 6.
Although the Charge d'Affaires of the SA Embassy in Cairo, Selaelo (Selly) Ramokgopa, had won high praise for her efforts to ensure the success of the Africa 1 Aid convoy which returned home last week, convoy leader, Moulana Igsaan Hendricks had strong criticism for what he described as a lacklustre performance by the SA government. Reporting back on Monday night on VOC after the succesful conclusion of the humanitarian mission to Gaza, the president of the Muslim Judicial Council and director of Al-Quds Foundation South Africa said the poor performance particularly by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) was "unacceptable".
Moulana Igsaan Hendricks, head of the Africa 1 Gaza Aid Convoy, has lambasted mainstream media and the South African government for its lack of support and coverage for its historic initiative.
Speaking on Cii this morning, the respected community leader was scathing in his criticism of the government and ruling party. "When it is on the eve of elections, everybody knows where to knock," he said. He accused the government of "hypocrisy" adding, "you cannot have a relationship with both perpetrator and victim."