MJC condemns attack at kramat

The caretaker of the Oudekraal Kramat was attacked by five armed men.

The Muslim Judicial Council has condemned the attack on the caretaker of the Oudekraal Kramat, near Camps Bay.

The man and his family were attacked by a gang of five armed assailants in their home at the Oudekraal Kramat in the early hours of last Tuesday.

The second deputy president of the Muslim Judicial Council, Sheikh Riad Fataar, said they were saddened to hear about the incident.

“We are deeply saddened upon hearing of the attack on those who preserve sacred burial sites in Islam,” said Mr Fataar.

“The increase of crime and gangsterism has led to the unsafe conditions at cemeteries and we call on the South African Police Service and the necessary authorities to fulfil their responsibility toward the protection of all communities. We pray for a speedy recovery for the caretaker and his family,” he said.

TheOudekraal Kramat, fondly known as the 99 steps Kramat, houses the remains of a prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Noorul Mubeen who was a political prisoner banished to the Cape in 1716 and incarcerated on Robben Island.

Policespokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, said the matter was being investigated. “This office can confirm that the circumstances surrounding a house robbery in Oudekraal are being investigated, following an incident during the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 3.30 am.

“The three occupants of the house were attacked by a group of suspects who are yet to be arrested.”