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Thursday, 04 October 2007 12:03

ANC Funder

The Editor

Sunday Times

I refer to the report on ANC funder taking millions of the nation's childrens' money.

It is very sad and common to hear of such misappropriation of money. Daily we are flooded with some allegation made on people from the govn. and those in the higher circles of society.


The accused could not care less that the money was intended for the school feeding schemes' projects throughout the country. Such indiscriminate activities of dishonest people who can usurp wealth of others especially money intended for a worthy cause, shows the kind of irresponsibleness lurking around waiting to prey on the innocent. This is not out of desperation but greed for wealth, and more wealth.


Often we read about resignations, dismissals and termination of employment at various govn. levels, and in the recent past, the levels of corruptions have escalated drastically. The govn. must fight against corruption at the highest levels and to its fullest capacity in an effort to save the country and its citizens from totally collapse.


Eastern Cape 



Friday, 05 October 2007 12:20

Guantanamo Bay

Stories emerging from Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay prison are indeed disturbing and utterly disgusting. Surely claims of torture and disrespecting The Divine and last Testament of God Almighty, The noble Quran, are real since a number of people and the print media have reported on this.


The illegal captivity without trial for such a long time is only one of the issues being raised by people around the world. The torture and atrocities being committed are unspoken excepting for the testimonies from the very few who have been released or after a long time been granted the opportunity to speak to their lawyers. Suggestions have been made that U S soldiers deliberately tease and mock prisoners using their religions identities as a means to degrade and defile them. Atrocities of indecency and vile behaviour by US soldiers have reached such levels that they have stooped lower than animals.  

It is high time that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp is destroyed!



Monday, 08 October 2007 11:47

Abortion consent (Media Response)

The Daily News

Sometimes one wonders whether it's worth contributing towards the bills passed by parliament when public opinion is requested. I make reference to the Abortion Bill reported in the D N- "Abortion row Looms".

I can remember some years back the debate on legalizing abortion where a significant number of religious bodies had opposed the bill. However, it’s possible that most South Africans want abortions legalized in South Africa. I for one oppose the legislation.

The case of the 12-yr old girl choosing to abort goes far beyond one’s understanding and common sense. Maturity in understanding only begins to set in after the age of twenty and that’s when reality hits. Prior to that, parents have to guide their children in decision-making. 

Let's hope some sanity prevails in the ongoing debates.   

Ahmed Mohamed


Tuesday, 09 October 2007 11:33

Demerit System (Media Response)

Daily News

I refer to two issues in your Tuesday edition (02/10/07) that made for interesting reading: “Public transport lanes” and “The demerit system”. It goes without saying that both articles were long overdue, however the latter requires urgent implementation. 

It appears that our roads have become like graveyards with the large number of accidents claiming lives daily as a result of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. Many people have lost their lives due to incompetent, inconsiderate, reckless and just plain bad drivers.

The demerit system may help to curb dangerous driving, but together with that, vigilant policing is needed to bring the culprits to book.

Let it not be the normal run-off-the mill passing legislation with no one to monitor and police it. Numerous examples may be cited where legislation was passed (e.g. the wearing of seatbelts), but very little was and is being done to actually implement it. This could be due to a serious shortage of police officers or it could mean that the police are turning a blind eye to what they consider ‘petty’ offences. At the end of it all, it's the little offences that add to the bigger issues and failing at one end opens up the opportunity for numerous other offences and crimes at the other end.

It is high time that taxis especially used demarcated routes and only those lanes specified to them. Not many people have spoken out against the bad taxi drivers, but one imagines that a different set of driving laws should apply to them.

We are all South Africans and need to be treated equally.

Ahmed Nanabai



Wednesday, 10 October 2007 11:42

Pakistan Cricketers (Media Response)

The Herald

I agree with what Manjoo stated about Pakistan making a request to the Cricket Board exempting play in the month of fasting. Pakistan being an Islamic country ought to have done so a long time ago.

Afridi was correct in excusing himself from the game due to this being the auspicious month of Ramadaan. His decision should not be construed as acting holier than his colleges who continue to play whilst fasting. There are so many things to consider about this month other than simply abstaining from food and drink.


Cape Town 






Thursday, 11 October 2007 12:08

Mumbai Muslims (Media Response)

The  Herald

The Article, "Mumbai Muslims claim they are being shunned" is an eye opener to the kind of discrimination against Muslims in many parts of the world. At one time, immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Muslims faced some very traumatising and humiliating experiences. Although the occurrence of such incidents is less frequent, the long term repercussions and this ‘Islamophobia’ continue to linger in the air.

Of course in India, the fear of attacks by "Muslims" is often on the minds of the local people. One needs to understand that in order to create animosity and hatred between two religious groups especially the Muslims and Hindus, a simple way is to squarely place the blame on Muslim extremists even though there is no evidence whatsoever but mere speculation. Let's take the example of Iraq, after so much of blame and the destruction of an entire nation, no evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction by the very perpetrators of the war has been forthcoming. Therefore, one needs to be careful before making claims and rushing into conclusions which are later difficult to undo and remedy.    




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