South Africa: Free State Premier Dukwana Mxolisi, accompanied by Director General of the Provincial Government, Kopung Ralikontsane, MEC for Health, Mathabo Leeto, MEC for Education, Makalo Mohale, MEC for Sports Arts Culture and Recreation, Limakatso Mahasa, MEC for Community Safety Roads and Transport, Maqueen Mathae and MEC for Social Development, Motshidisi Koloi joined the Islamic Community during Iftaar.
Iftaar is a breaking of fasting for the day in observance of the month-long Ramadan (24th March to 22nd April 2023). Today’s programme is part of the broader programme undertaken by Premier Dukwana Mxolisi and EXCO to integrate communities in order to rebuild relations between the provincial government and various religious groups and different sectors of society across the entire province.
Furthermore, this is an effort to unite the different sectors of society to join hands in combating prevailing social ills such as crime, corruption, and Gender-Based violence and to bring economic growth and development into the province through collaboration.
This engagement with the Muslim community has been preceded by visits to various denominations by members of the Executive Council. EXCO group and free state also used hashtags #makingyourfutureworkbetter #notimetowaste
Moreover, the Free State is a province located in the middle of South Africa, and the population of Muslims in South Africa is small but a significant Muslim community. And the relations between South Africa Free State Province and the Islamic community are good and peaceful, and both communities respect each other faiths. There are so many mosques in the free state province, and they both respect each other faith.
The government and administration of both the Free State and South Africa are very supportive. Despite this, the Islamic community sometimes also face challenges and issues such as prejudice and discrimination. There are some incidents faced by the Islamic Community in Free State, like Islamophobia and hate speech in the country.