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No arrests yet for 'religious' attack murder

Police can still not confirm the motive behind the fatal beating of Mohammed Fayaz Kazi.

Police can still not confirm the motive behind the beating of Mohammed Fayaz Kazi.

JOHANNESBURG - Police could still not confirm on Friday if the murder of a Muslim man in Magaliesburg was an Islamophobic attack or whether there had been another motive.

Mohammed Fayaz Kazi died after he was assaulted at a fast food outlet on Monday evening.

It was alleged that the fight was sparked by comments over the length of his beard and that he was likened to Osama bin Laden.

The offenders allegedly spoke in Afrikaans and also called Kazi the k-word.

Kazi understood the comments, questioned the men and a fight broke out during which Kazi was hit over the head with an unidentified weapon.

"They [the police] have identified some of the witnesses and started taking witness statements," the police's Neville Malila.

"Most probably, after that, we can make some arrest."

No arrests have yet been made.

There has been widespread outrage and even anger from former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils who has labelled the attack as "savage" and "carrying the stench of Islamophobia".

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