Haron and Biko – fallen heroes who died in September

Two dates in September are hard for me to forget – 12 and 27 September. On 12 September 1977, 42 years ago, Steve Bantu Biko was murdered in police custody. He was 30 years old. On the 27 September 1969, 50 years ago, Imam Abdullah Haron, at age 45, faced the same fate. Both deaths […]

Charlotte Maxeke, ‘Mother of Black Freedom’

In segregated South Africa, Charlotte Mannya Maxeke dedicated her life to the struggle for women’s rights and education for all. Her pioneering role is only now being rediscovered and more widely reported once again.

Sharing My Hajj Experience

Claremont Main Road Mosque 17 August 2018 I am so happy to be here with you today for two reasons. The last time I spoke at a mosque, I stood upstairs in the women’s section. Here I stand at the front of the mosque facing all of you – men and women. I was born […]

Mosques need to take up the issue of violence against women

On 9 August 2018, National Women’s Day, Zubeida Jaffer spoke to Tashreeq Truebody of Radio 786 about her life as a woman who had lived through the “belly of the beast” that was Apartheid. Jaffer said the levels of violence against women in today’s society is “very upsetting” and that not enough is being done […]

Open Letter To Cyril Ramaphosa

I would like you to seek assistance to change the narrative that gives local business the right to hoard their resources at the expense of the public. They cannot expect you and your team to encourage foreign investment while they hoard resources that all of us have helped them create.

Politics of memory and honouring women’s history

Panel discussion at Inyathelo 25 November 2016 Remembering the prominent role played by ground-breaking women, and calling for renewed activism and solidarity, were recurring themes at a breakfast discussion on Friday 25 November at Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. This dialogue marked the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against […]

Haysom brings local skills to bear

The man refuses to sit down. His time is up. But still he continues to make his point. He is a Burundian businessman involved in an international business and not concerned about keeping to the time allotted him.