Tensions over mosque ‘noise nuisance’ regulations


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The official that enacted a noise nuisance warning to a Salt River Mosque, misunderstood the City’s updated regulations on this issue.

The complaint against the Mughamadiya Masjied has caused outrage from the religious community.

The City of Cape Town has dealt with several complaints before, in which some residents have laid complaints against the Muslim call to prayer, the Athaan.

But the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross says that these Standard Operating Procedure for these issues have been updated to first ensure that dialogue and sensitivity education is first followed before a formal complaint is addressed.

She maintains that the updated procedure is enough to deal with the complaints.

However some believe the regulations don’t go far enough as it doesn’t not completely exempt places of worship, despite religious practices being protected by the Constitution.

The liaison for the Mughamadiya Masjied, Anwar Omar, says that they still have not received a formal apology following the complaint.

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