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
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
South African Human Rights Commission
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Private Bag X2700, Houghton, 2041
Tel: +27 (0) 11 877 3603
Fax: +27 (0) 11 403 0567
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