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SA Muslim organisations unite against Isis

The group of organisations say a plan of action is needed to stop recruitment in South Africa.

FILE: A screen grab from CNN's report on militant group Isis recruiting children from an early age. Picture: CNN

JOHANNESBURG - Muslim organisations and Islamic scholars have expressed concern about the growing sympathy being shown for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) by South African Muslims and the terrorist group's ability to attract interest.

Organisations include the Call of Islam, Faithworks Network, Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, Masjidul Islam Brixton, Muslim Judicial Council, Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa and the South African Muslim Network.

In a joint statement, the collective said there are reports to suggest that more South Africans have recently left to join Isis.

According to the statement, the group said there are families "whose lives have been made miserable" because of the intention of family members to join Isis.

Some have even emigrated to live in territory controlled by the group.

It added that there was legitimate anger in the Muslim community about the actions of the United States and other western powers in the region, in their support of Israel, supporting the Egyptian coup government, the occupation of Iraq, and generally supporting dictators in the region.

Spokesperson for the group Ebrahim Patel said a plan of action is needed to stop recruitment.

"We will work with other institutions within South African society such as government, the media and community organisations to stem any accretion of any South Africans for this group."

He said South Africans must be uncompromising in their rejection of Isis, their ideologies and their actions.

"Isis does not represent Islam and Muslims, the only thing Islamic about Isis is the IS in their name and nothing else."

CAPE TOWN RECRUITMENT

Last month, a 15-year-old girl from Cape Town was stopped from boarding a Johannesburg bound flight to connect to Saudi Arabia after reportedly being recruited by Isis.

The South African government probed all the girl's online activities, including a payment to an unknown source, to find any evidence of who may have asked her to join the cause.

A second girl from a nearby area was reportedly also stopped from leaving the country to join Isis just 10 days later.

The organisations who have come together to issue the warnings said families are being seriously affected as children are being lured by the terror group.

On Friday in a show of unity, mosques across the country are due to address this situation.

_LISTEN: _ _Isis recruitment highlighted _