A group in Pretoria has protested over what they referred to as Islamic invasion of their land. The group who seemed not to be happy with the construction of a mosque in the suburb of Valhalla expressed their discontent as Tshwane metro Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa officially handed over a land earmarked for the development to the Muslims
Thousands of residents in Pretoria earlier wrote petitions against the building of a mosque in the suburb of Valhalla but their request was turned down as Tshwane metro Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopawent ahead and gave the go ahead.
While the handover was going on at he Vallies Park Primary School on Wednesday, the protesters raised up their placards which had anti ISIS and anti Invasion words written on them.
One of the posters held by a protester says: “Paris, Brussels, Valhalla??? [sic] NO!” Another declared: “GEEN ISIS IN VALHALLA [No ISIS in Valhalla]” and “INIAN NEIGHBOURS YES MUSLIM INVASION NO”.
Speaking on this, Freedom Front Plus Councillor Sakkie du Plooy, who supports the bid to keep the mosque out of Valhalla said they are not against the Muslims in the area but that they had three particular gripes which center around public participation process, issue of parking and a third which has led to many people labeling the protesters as racists and Islamophobes.
“This is a Christian Afrikaner community… We have no problem with people moving in but if there is an effort to take over then we have a problem.”
Du Plooy added that if the mosque is finally built, in Valhalla, residents will immediately start selling their homes because they wouldn’t be able to bear the “noise” from the mosque and that the people have “the perception that Muslims kill… there are perceptions about ISIS [Islamic State]…
“Muslims from Valhalla read the same Qur’an as Muslims from Pakistan…”
However, the Councillor insisted that Afrikaners get along very well with people and that they don’t oppose other religions. But their worry is “when Muslims occupy [an area], they expand”.
But Mayor Ramokgopa had no time for the protesters, saying: “If your petition is to stop the Muslim community, your petition will be defeated.”