Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Shafiq Morton

Shafiq Morton is a veteran photo-journalist, and presenter of the DriveTime programme on Radio Voice of the Cape. He is also the author of  “Notebooks from Makkah and Madinah”. In 2009, he was named amongst the 500 most influential Muslims.

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Shafiq Morton - The Wandering, Wondering Weblog

Shafiq Morton - The Wandering, Wondering Weblog


Shafiq Morton - Surfing Behind the Wall

Shafiq Morton - Surfing Behind the Wall


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    Where's the beef? Halal meat scandal rocks community

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Tuesday, 22 November 2011

    THE three minute video on YouTube is often out of focus; it pixellates when there is lots of movement. But one thing is clear. Something fishy is afoot in a Cape Town refrigeration plant, where we are shown boxes on an assembly line.

    Amazed, I’ve watched this video several times, and freeze-framed it to make sure what I’ve just seen. Whether this YouTube vignette is proof enough for criminal conviction is another question, but it has certainly caused a major furore.

    The blonde lady & surfing the other side of apartheid

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Tuesday, 15 November 2011

    In their paranoia the Security Branch had thought we were about to launch a military attack on the Western Cape. But even when it became obvious that Addie (and the club) were not part of an Umkhonto Isizwe unit, Mostert still didn’t give up.

    “And who’s that blonde lady with you?” he asked. This time Addie was really perplexed. Blonde lady? But his interrogator was insistent. It was then that that Addie realised Mostert was referring to me. In the 1980’s I still had hair.

    Spiritually uplifting evening, sharing with the Hujjaj. Yusufeyyah Masjid Friday 4 Nov.

    Published by Cape Town Muslim Events on Thursday, 3 November 2011
    As the Hujjaj are preparing to go to Arafah, the Yusufeyyah Masjid Youth (YMY) invites you to a spiritually uplifting evening, sharing with the Hujjaj the sentiments and emotions of Hajj. 

    The evening will consist of Qira'ah, Qasidah, Dhikr and a photo presentation of the Hajj. Shafiq Morton of the VOC will also be in attendance. 

    Date: Friday 4 November 2011. Time: After Maghrib
    Venue: Yusufeyyah Masjid, Wynberg

    N.B. Ladies are also welcome and refreshments will be served. 

    The Russell Tribunal: I think Israel is an apartheid state…

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Wednesday, 2 November 2011

    LIKE so many interested in the course of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, I will be keenly watching the Cape Town leg, which is the third of its hearings on Palestine.

    With its brief to examine the superiority of international law in solving the Palestinian conflict, those eminent personalities standing before the jurors will be more than well-versed in what they have to say about apartheid as crime against humanity in the Israeli context.

    The Gilad Shalit Release - Weighing the Positives

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Monday, 31 October 2011

    THE Gilad Shalit deal, Shalit’s safe conduct home from Gaza after six years of incarceration in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails is – without doubt – one of the more fascinating chapters of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    But it has to be understood in context, something that has been lacking in the current discourse surrounding the event.

    Scooters aids Bursary Fund

    Published by Voice of the Cape on Monday, 31 October 2011
    The popular pizzeria, Scooters Pizza, this weekend moved into the CBD when it opened a new branch in Grand Central Station. To mark the  occasion, and as part of the company's corporate social investment projects, they also made a helpful donation of R1,500 towards VOC's Bursary Fund. According to the store owner, Iqbal Ganey, the saw it as an ideal opportunity to use the launch as a means of giving back to the community, hence the donation. DriveTime presenter, Shafiq Morton, gratefully accepted the cheque on behalf of the station, explaining that the donation would make a significant difference in the life of someone who aims to study at tertiary level.

    The wages of war…the innocent

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Monday, 24 October 2011
    Mogadishu, 2011. No need for words here. Held pic back because I thought it was a cliche, but sometimes cliches are what they are because they remind us of the obvious.

    Hajj scandal: Public Protector must intervene

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Thursday, 20 October 2011

    South African Hajj pilgrims might well be up in arms about the illegal sale of visas and the alleged corruption of certain tour operators, but historically, Hajj rip-offs are as old as the Hajj itself, a sacred Abrahamic ritual.

    Wherever people have journeyed to Mecca, carrying their precious silver, gold or cash, there have been predators waiting in the shadows. 

    Hajj crisis: yearning for the traditional values

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Tuesday, 18 October 2011

    WHEN I first went to Makkah in the 1980’s I bought a ticket via Thomas Cook – no SAHUC, no agents, no problems. But then things were a lot simpler. The most direct air route to Jeddah was via Nairobi, where you hoped your transit would be brief.

    We were then the world’s number one nasty nation, and Kenyan immigrations treated South Africans like dirt. We were not allowed to enter the country, and I once remember being stranded at the airport without food for 36 hours.

    Al-Shabab, the Taliban of the Horn

    Published by Shafiq Morton on Wednesday, 12 October 2011
    TWO weeks after we’d left Mogadishu, the wall next to which I used to make my satellite broadcasts in our compound was damaged in a bomb blast. A mere block away on Kilometre 4, the city’s most notorious junction, an Al-Shabab suicide bomber had driven an explosive-laden truck into a government building.