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MJC maintains innocence

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) on Tuesday denied accusations that its core aim was to make money. It...

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The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) on Tuesday denied accusations that its core aim was to make money.

It said about 75 percent of its profits were donated to charities.

On Tuesday, it held a press conference in a bid to clear up speculation that its Halaal clearance practices were not above board.

It said it cleared 18 consignments of chicken for Orion and maintained the meat was indeed Halaal.

Orion Cold Storage was in the spotlight last year after cell phone footage emerged showing pork products being re-labelled as Halaal.

Tempers flared when protesters gathered outside the MJC offices.

“You’re a bunch of hypocrites, you man,” one protester shouted.

The Muslim Consumer Watch's Jakes Rawat said questions about the MJC's Halaal clearance practices remained unanswered.

“All we want is the truth and they must just give us the truth,” he said.

Orion's managing director Patrick Gaertner said the sabotage that happened on its premises was the work of two disgruntled former business associates.

A criminal investigation against them is underway.

“We’ve always maintained our innocence and when the investigation is concluded the public will see how they’ve been misled,” he said.

The MJC distanced itself from Orion and suspended its services.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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