Cape Town - The African National Congress in the Western Cape has urged the City of Cape Town to dismiss a noise complaint made against the Zeenatul Islam Masjid (Muir Street Mosque) in District Six.
"All that is left as a reminder of what was once a vibrant community nestling under Table Mountain are the people who have returned to District Six and its places of worship," Western Cape ANC secretary Faiez Jacobs said in a statement on Sunday.
In District Six, different traditions and faiths were respected. Thus residents were familiar with the ringing of church bells for those who adhered to the Christian faith, as well as the call of the Athaan (call to prayer) for Muslims, he said.
"Despite the disgraceful eviction of thousands of residents from District Six and their forced resettlement on the Cape Flats, many returned on Sundays to attend their family church, or on Friday’s to worship in mosques, such as the place of prayer known to many as the Muir Street Mosque," he said.
According to media reports, a single "noise pollution" complaint had been lodged with the city, which was obliged in terms of the law to investigate. However, the city had tweeted that this would be done after Ramadaan and the call to worship would not be stopped.