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.
Shafiq Morton - The Wandering, Wondering Weblog
Shafiq Morton - Surfing Behind the Wall
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.