SA diplomats to visit Uganda detainees

The reason for the detention of two South Africans in Uganda will only be known after the South African high commissioner in that country has visited them, hopefully on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said that so far no charges have been put to the two relief workers, and further information and decisions on a course of action will only be known once this visit has taken place.

Mufti Hussain Bhayat and Haroon Saley were detained last week during a stopover at Entebbe International Airport in Kampala.

Uganda’s New Vision online newspaper said they were taken in for questioning by a joint anti-terrorism taskforce. However their family’s lawyer, Yousha Tayob, said he had not received any firm reason for their detention.

The Muslim Judicial Council is concerned that the two may be the subjects of Islamophobic profiling in the wake of an international anti-terror crackdown. — Sapa

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