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Press statement by united muslim forum of south Africa

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11 JUNE 2010

We the under mentioned organizations making up the United Muslim Forum of South Africa (UMF):

Somali Association of South Africa
Al Bayaan Islamic Council Trust (Somali community)
Jamiat ul Ulema
Channel Islam International
Muslim Judicial Council
Media Review Network
Jamiat ul Ulema Gauteng
Sunni Ulema Council of S.A.
Muslim Lawyers Association
Muslim Students Association – Wits
Association of Muslim Accountants and Lawyers
Call of Islam
Jameah Mehmoodiya Springs
KZN Society for the protection of Human Rights
Jamiat ul Ulema KZN
Islamic Research Organisation
Radio Islam
Saaberie Chishty
United Ulema Council of South Africa
Darul Ihsaan
Mujlisul Ulema
Jamiat ul Ulema Eastern Cape
South African National Zakaah Fund

Met with high ranking officials from the State Security Agency (SSA) on 10th June 2010The meeting culminated from concerns arising from recent media reports suggesting a terror threat to the 2010 Soccer World Cup by Muslims.

The discussions were frank and both parties agreed that it was imperative that the hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup by South Africa not be disrupted by any unlawful and criminal conduct by any individuals or groups.

Both parties agreed on the importance for channels of communication to be kept open between the SSA and the Muslim community.

The UMF made it clear that to its knowledge, there was no threat to the 2010 Soccer World Cup from the local and international Muslim community.  The UMF was categorical that there is no justification for any local or international Muslims to jeopardize the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the safety of those who are attending the World Cup tournament.

The UMF welcomes the assurance by the SSA that they are in full control of security for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and that they have investigated every possible threat, including, but not limited to, local threats, foreign threats, third force elements and opportunistic crime.

Issued by the United Muslim Forum of South Africa (UMF)

Convener: Zahid Asmal 0847868937 –

Spokespersons: Iqbal Jassat –  0835943749 –
                               Moulana Ebrahim Bham  – 0837862859
                               Moulana Ighsaan Hendriks – 0833846937
                               Mufti  Ebrahim Desai 031 785 1048