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After the Rivonia Circle Think Tank announced that it is launching a political movement to run in the 2024 elections, another player will be in the national polls. According to the former editor and chairman of Rivonia Circle, Songezo Zibi, the organisation would not become a political party be instead started a campaign with the hashtag #SAMustRise that would appear on the ballot in the upcoming elections. "A political movement needs to be concerned with local issues. Whether there is a vote or not, we constantly implement, develop, and think of solutions at the community level." Zibi stated in an interview with Radio Islam International that the movement aims to include leaders with a proven track record of offering solutions rather than making promises.
Through the Open Wing Alliance, the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute is organising a non-violent picket at the Pick ŉ Pay corporate office in Cape Town. They request that Pick ŉ Pay guarantee that all eggs sold are 100% cage-free by 2030. The two organisations met with the retailer last week. A recent investigation by the Open Wing Alliance revealed that Pick ŉ Pay is supporting animal cruelty by sourcing their eggs from farms that practice cruel battery cage farming. According to the organisation, battery cage farming is a lousy way of keeping hens. It causes suffering to millions of layers that cannot do anything natural or essential. In an interview with Radio Islam International, SAFCEI's Wayne du Plessis claimed that no progress had been made after several interactions with the pick-n-pay management on the inhumane practice of battery cage farming.
A spate of attacks by Pitbulls, which saw at least three children mauled to death in a matter of weeks, has raised questions about the danger this breed of dog poses to society. Following the fatal instances, owners who did not want to take the chance of keeping their Pitbull as pets have flooded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) with Pitbulls. During Tuesday morning's interview with Radio Islam International, Dr Quixi Sonntag of the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science discussed whether Pitbulls are naturally vicious. According to Sonntag, Pitbulls were originally bred to fight with other dogs for people's entertainment.
Recently, South African Muslim women wearing the hijab have complained about unfair treatment by OR Tambo Airport security members, with more than 300 persons related their experiences. Besides media reports detailing the grievances of aggrieved individuals, social media is buzzing with posts describing humiliating searches based on targeted profiling. These reports, which include complaints of full body searches and the request to remove the headscarf, have sparked outrage and fuelled the perception of unfair harassment experienced by Muslim travellers. It has prompted the question: "Is it fair to claim that OR Tambo International Airport (ORT) in Johannesburg is attaining notoriety as South Africa's leading institution where Islamophobia is rampant?" It also prompted the National Freedom Party (NFP) to condemn the reports swiftly and saw them call for an urgent investigation into ORT's security policy. The United Ulema Council of South Africa and the Muslim Judicial Council have met with representatives from ACSA to discuss the issues. Today Radio Islam International held a panel discussion with Airports Company of South Africa's Group Executive: Enterprise Security and Compliance, General Mzwandile Petros and Jabulani Khambule, Regional General Manager for ACSA, to provide clarity on the issues raised.