We have successfully engaged with various companies where Muslim individuals were facing some form of discrimination and harassment, and our approach aimed at understanding and reconciliation has thus far not seen the need for these issues to go to Court or the CCMA, to find amicable solutions where such complaints were received.
SAMNET, using our networking and social media capabilities, was instrumental in assisting the Durban North and Queensburgh Islamic Societies in getting public awareness and support for their rezoning applications. SAMNET worked closely with other humanitarian and human rights organisations to highlight and draw support for human rights abuses in areas like DRC, CAR, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Myanmar and Kashmir. SAMNET worked with non-Muslim organisations and church groups to raise awareness on various activism initiatives.
SAMNET is a founding member of the Legacy Foundation which was setup to organise the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians to the shores of South Africa.
SAMNET commissioned and published the book Muslim Portraits, authored by Professor Goolam Vahed which captures the lives of some of our apartheid struggle activists. We are collating biographies on other activists who were not included in the first book and we intend to publish another book in the same vein. The portraits book has been donated to schools, libraries, universities and relevant foundations.
We have commissioned research for a book that will record and document the role of Muslim majority countries, other Muslim organisations and individuals internationally in the anti-apartheid movement. We believe that its critical to the South African narrative that this history which has not been documented, be showcased lest it be forgotten forever.
We have supported campaigns to reduce the legal alcohol limit for driving, worked with other faith groups to raise awareness and oppose the legalisation of slot machines in shopping malls, the proposed nudist beach on the South Coast, oppose a 24-hour porn channel on Top TV and international private control of the security industry. SAMNET was the first organisation to raise the issue of Tony Blair’s visit to South Africa and the campaign for a citizen’s arrest. Through our efforts and engagements with Trade Unions and other NGOs, Arch Bischop Tutu refused to share a public platform with Tony Blair. This was highly significant and embarrassing for Tony Blair. We received broad media coverage including interviews with BBC Radio.
SAMNET has hosted many local and international activists, experts and politicians and in partnership with other organisations, facilitated networking for the Muslim community. We participated in the launch of ASRI and we chaired one of the sessions and look forward to driving the ASRI aims. SAMNET specifically addressed the allegations of Al-Qaeda terrorist camps in South Africa which surfaced before the 2010 World Cup and successfully pointed out flaws in the “expert” and media reports on these issues.
SAMNET worked with other organisations to address the ISIS issue in the national print and electronic media. Our concern about the possibility of false flag operations being carried out in South Africa led us to ask for a meeting with our Security cluster. In June 2015 SAMNET led a delegation to a meeting with the Ministry of State Security and presented a document on ISIS and False Flag Operations.