Johannesburg (AFP) – Two mosques in Cape Town have been damaged in “Islamophobic” assaults with blood showered on dividers and a pig’s nose left on a passage entryway, South African authorities said Tuesday.
The Western Cape government condemned the two assaults on mosques in Kalk Bay and Simonstown since Saturday.
“Both incidents made calculated use of Islamophobic methods, including blood and — in the Simonstown case — a pig’s head,” it said in a statement.
“The similarity of the cases, and proximity of the mosques, raises concerns that the two incidents may be linked.”
South Africa has a great history with relative religious resistance, and Western Cape chief Helen Zille said that “demonstrations of religious or racial partiality have no place in our area and country.”
Achmat Sity, imam of Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay, told AFP that the guardian at the mosque – which is over 110 years of age – had found the vandalism from the get-go Monday morning.
“He opened the mosque for Fajr prayer and found the dividers splashed with blood furthermore the lectern. It resembled from a syringe,” he stated, including engraving plaques had been tore from the dividers and were lying on the floor.
“It was exceptionally irritating,” he stated, including that nothing was stolen.
A wicked pig’s nose was left on the entryway of the Simonstown mosque on Saturday.
The common branch of the ruling ANC party denounced the assaults as “appalling” and approached South Africans “to stand joined in securing the way of life of conjunction.”
Around 1.5 percent of South Africa’s populace is Muslim.