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SAHRC is concerned about the killing of Muhammad Kazi and the alleged religious intolerance and racial hatred as a reason for killing

13 August 2012

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission has noted with concern the killing of Muhammad Kazi in what appears to be a racially motivated incident in Magaliesburg, North West.

According to newspaper reports Kazi was killed outside a fast-food store in Magaliesburg following an altercation with two white Afrikaans-speaking men. The reports further allege that the two men started taunting Kazi, calling him Osama bin-Laden, pulling at his beard and allegedly started hurling racial insults at him.

Kazi was in the company of another Muslim man at the time of the alleged incident.

Although the Commission became aware of the incident through the media and received no formal complaint, our officials were dispatched to the place where the incident took place, to investigate.

The facts at this stage are still not clear.

However, the commission condemns any religious or racial intolerance in the strongest terms. South Africa is a diverse country with many cultures and religious beliefs that should be respected at all times.

The commission will continue to monitor this incident, and we call on the law enforcers to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book.

ENDS

Issued by:

Isaac Mangena

Head: Communications

South African Human Rights Commission

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