Man wants anti-Islam brawlers thrown in jail
Hashimbhai Motara wants the people who attacked his son-in-law to be put behind bars.
JOHANNESBURG - Friends and relatives of a Muslim man who died after a fight, allegedly sparked by racist and anti-Islamic comments, said on Wednesday they want justice.
Mohammed Fayaz Kazi (27) was involved in an apparent racist brawl at a fast food outlet in Magaliesburg on Monday and was badly beaten.
He died at a medical facility in Potchefstroom on Tuesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He was buried later that day.
Kazi's father-in-law, Hashimbhai Motara, wants the people who attacked his son-in-law to be put behind bars.
"I am of the opinion that the perpetrators must be caught and they must receive the correct punishment for what they have done.
"They must be tried."
The incident has sparked outrage in the Muslim community.
Kazi and his friend Anser Mahmood had gone to buy food to break their fast on Monday when they overheard two people mocking them.
It is alleged the men were making comments about Kazi's beard.
North West police have opened a case of murder.
According to an interview in the Mail & Guardian Mahmood said: "Two white people … they called him [Osama] bin Laden in Afrikaans because of his beard … and then they called us the k-word."
"[Fayaz] understood Afrikaans and was arguing with them."
Kazi was hit over the head with an unidentified weapon, added Mahmood.
Meanwhile, former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils labelled the murder as a "savage attack" carrying "the stench of Islamophobia".
Kasrils condemned the men responsible and called for South Africans to unite to stop religious and racial intolerance.
North West Premier Thandi Modise also damned the incident.
"She calls on police not to leave any stone unturned and those that caused the death to be put behind bars," said her spokesperson Lesiba Kgwela.