Every year horselovers led by the Helderberg Horse Association in Maccassar march from the horse showgrounds to the Shrine of Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar in a horse cavalcade of horse riders and horse carts. The event happens during the Easter weekend when thousands of Muslims camp out at the Kramat at the Shrine to keep up a tradition of over 300 years.
Sheikh Yusuf launched the liberation struggle in South Africa and for this he was awarded the “Friends of Oliver Tambo” medal in gold posthumously. He is now a South African hero.
Each year Muslims and freedom fighters took the journey with their horse and cart from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam – a two to four week trip to Maccassar to listen to the Founder of Islam and later to his his companions and their progeny on ways to liberate the country and practice Islam.
This year AL JAMA-AH was a sponsor at the horseshow and the President Ganief Hendricks was invited to be part of the horse cavalcade.
Ganief was warmly welcomed by the Secretary of the Muslim Judicial Council as he entered the Kramat amid cheers from thousands of campers. The MJC stated that South Africa will not be free as long as Palestine is occupied and that the march will take place each year until Palestine is free.