The Al Jamah party which picked up 0.2% of the vote in the Western Cape in Wednesday’s local government election has congratulated all three Muslim parties for their performance. Party leader, Ganief Hendricks said the parties had done “well” in getting one seat each “under very difficult circumstances and with no or little funding”. According to Hendricks, not only did the number of Muslim candidates – including women – increase, but they also showed “that more Muslims are keen to play a more active role in the political life of the country and in civic affairs”.
“This has been an internship for nearly 100 Muslims, many of whom having served good causes outside politics for a number of years. With their families and friends helping out in campaigning and acting as party agents, thousands of Muslims played an active role in the elections, something that has never happened before. Islamic values were shared with all voters and surely this must be commended.”
Hendricks said Muslim parties were amongst the top seven parties out of 21 parties. “Any suggesting that Muslim parties did not do well will be misinformed. If Muslim parties did not contest the elections, the DA would have got an extra 3 seats, increasing the grip of white rule in the City of Cape Town and further increasing the negative perceptions of Africans for Muslim rejection of black rule. Al Jamah feels the support by many Muslims for the DA is a blot against the legacy left by our forefathers but we are confident this will change now, insha Allah.”
He said that Muslim parties did better than established parties who have been in existence for many years, some of whom did not get a seat. “The candidates that will take up seats can be relied upon to do their best for service delivery as they all have a good track record of doing so, not only for Muslims, but for all people.”
Hendricks also expressed his thanks to all candidates, their family and friends “for a job well done and the Muslim media for showcasing the parties to the Muslim community in the run up to the elections. We hope the media and the Muslim public will now encourage rather, than be sceptic, about the role of Muslim parties in civic affairs.”