DURBAN: Political stalwart Dr. Ismail Vadi was a special guest of Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre on Monday 27 September, 2021 where he delivered a presentation on the recent KZN riots and also spoke about the upcoming local government elections. Muslim academics, businessmen and Ulama were in attendance. Many issues of grave concern were raised and interrogated during the lively interactive session.
South Africans are set to head to the polls on 1 November 2021 to elect the political leadership of the country’s 257 municipalities. The elections come at a time where many people in the country are disillusioned about service delivery, the economy, the labour market, safety and security, to name a few.
Vadi, a former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament and ex-MEC for Transport in Gauteng encouraged people, especially the Muslim population, not to become despondent. He urged Muslims especially the youth to take part in civil activities and to become proactive in the community.
“The community in general is uncertain about where we are at as a country, where we should be going, what we should be doing and who we should be voting for in the elections,” he said during his address. “We need some really serious discussion about the way forward.”
Vadi was in Durban to launch his book entitled, ‘The Political Backbencher’, which is a reflection of his parliamentary years.
The book presents a behind the scenes glimpse at the 16 years he spent in the National Assembly in Cape Town. Vadi retired from politics in May 2019.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk