Faizel Patel - 24/03/2020
The Muslim Community of South Africa represented by various social welfare, emergency relief and civil society organisations have expended R1million in social solidarity aid to assist the fight against Coronavirus in the country.
The Muslim community organisations which include the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, Muslim Judicial Council, Awqaf SA and Caring Women’s Forum among others say they have heard the call of President Cyril Ramaphosa to assist the poor during the 21-day lockdown period.
Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that South Africa will go into lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday in a move that’s been described as necessary in order to save lives.
Asri’s Muhammad Cajee says the donation will assist in providing a social safety net to the poor and vulnerable in our society.
“We have immediately expended R1m in aid spending and in kind resources to assist with the immediate priorities as announced by the President, and make available the human resources and implementation capacity of our community and civil society organisations to assist the Solidarity Fund to meet its primary mandate.”
Cajee says a quantification of the collective Muslim Community expenditure on the National Covid Response will be collated and released weekly adding that a COVID-19 Response Team has been initiated and further coordinated support mechanisms will be announced once discussions are concluded with various stakeholders.