Faizel Patel – 08/04/2021
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) has welcomed the news that calm is being restored in the town of Palma in Cabo Delgado after it was overrun by armed insurgents in the past few weeks.
Dozens were killed in the ambush, including a South African man.
Several days after the Palma attack, ISIS claimed it had carried out the operation.
In a statement, Jamiat SA says the people of Cabo Delgado do not deserve suffering at the hands of any insurgents.
“Jusa condemns all atrocious and brutal attacks on innocent civilians and destruction of social amenities. Further, we deplore any opportunistic interests that stand in the way towards the restoration of order and security in Cabo Delgado.”
The Jamiat SA has called for peace and calm in Mozambique
“We therefore call upon all the countries to assist the sister nation of Mozambique, in forging an all-inclusive long-term peace and political stability, based on principles of equity, good governance and the upholding of the rule of law.”
The Jamiat SA says simmering conflict in north Mozambique has presented a potentially region-wide risk that needs to be averted, in a responsible manner.
“What would not help is the internationalisation of the situation where competing interests from across the globe, make Mozambique and hence, Southern Africa become a new theatre of strife. Solutions to the conflict should therefore be guided by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) as the relevant regional body to which Mozambique belongs.”
On Tuesday, senior researcher at the Africa Desk of the Media Review Network Dr. Mustafa Mheta told Radio Islam during the Africa Report that allegations by the institute of Security Studies (ISS) regarding the situation in northern Mozambique requires substantiation.
Mheta the ISS’ claim that the unrest in Cabo Delgado is linked to Islam and Muslims from South Africa lacks substantive detail and evidence.