First 10 Muslim tombs in CT may be declared national heritage sites

The Kramats are located in Macassar, Simon’s Town, Mowbray, Oudekraal, Signal Hill and Constantia.

The Kramat of Shaykh Mohamed Hassen Ghaibie Shah on Signal Hill Ridge. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The first 10 Muslim tombs in Cape Town could soon be named national heritage sites.

Cultural Affairs MEC Anroux Marais on Monday said a public participation process was currently under way.

The ten sites that are under consideration for this declaration are as follows:

  1. Sheikh Yusuf, Macassar

  2. Tuan Dea Koasa and Tuan Ismail Dea Malela, Simon’s Town

  3. Sheikh A ibn Muhammad Allraqi, Mowbray

  4. Sayed Moegsien bin Alawieal Aidarus, Mowbray

  5. Sheikh Noorul Mubeen, Oudekraal

  6. Sheikh Mohamed Hassen GhailbieShah, Signal Hill

  7. Tuan Kaape-ti-low, Signal Hill

  8. Abdurahman Matebe Shah, Constantia

  9. Sayed Mahmud, Constantia

  10. Sheikh Abdul Mutalib, Constantia Forest

Once declared a National Heritage Site, the Circle of Tombs will be protected in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act. In terms of the NHRA no person may destroy, damage, deface, excavate, alter, remove from its original position, subdivide or change the planning status of any heritage site without a permit from the SAHRA.

“We must do the public participation, it closes on 15 December and after that, the process will begin. It is very important because it’s part of our heritage and it’s also very important for our religious community to have tolerance with each other.”

This means no person may destroy, damage, deface or remove them from their original positions without a permit from the Heritage Resources Agency.

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