In spite of being advised by the AL JAMA-AH politicial Party that there is an MJC fatwa against awarding the Freedom of the City to President Obama and wide Muslim discontent the DA and its Muslim councillors went ahead and granted him the award using their majority numbers. In an interview on Radio Islam with a senior Muslim religious leader questioning the granting of the award with 150 000 Muslims listening in the DA Mayor cut the telephone call.
Ganief Hendricks Party Leader of AL JAMA-AH joined a coalition of political parties , tade unions, religious bodies and organs of civil society in Cape Town and read a joint press statement on their behalf with national TV and the press present to warn of mass action if President Obama came to Cape Town to receive the award. He went on to say this award will give Zionists the Freedom of the City of Cape Town – an award that was recently given to former President Mandela. This is also a blot against all those Muslims who vote for the DA and the Muslim councillors and members of parliament in their ranks.