Condolences to families of Malmesbury mosque victims

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has sent her sympathies to the families of the people who were killed in the attack at a Malmesbury mosque in the Western Cape.

Two people were stabbed to death and several injured in the early hours of Thursday morning at a mosque during a morning prayer session.

The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by the police following the incident. 

Police say no link has been established between the Malmesbury and Verulam mosque attacks yet. Another mosque was attacked in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal in March. One person was killed in the attack.

As Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadaan this week, De Lille took the opportunity to share a message of support to the Muslim community.

“Throughout the year, and even more so at this time of the year, we witness how the Muslim community displays the values of a caring City through their acts of charity and helping those most vulnerable in society. I extend our deep appreciation for these efforts and the vital role that residents play in helping us build a caring City,” De Lille said.

De Lille also wished the Muslim community a blessed Eid al-Fitr, which will be celebrated on Saturday.

“May your lives be filled with a sense of peace, pride and deep spiritual renewal during this period. I wish you a wonderful day as you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. May the blessings of the Almighty Allah be with you on this special day, Eid Mubarak,” she said. –