Pretoria: South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned the Thursday heinous attack at the Imam Hussain Muslim mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal.
Attacks on mosques are extremely rare in the country.
Three men, believed to be Egyptian nationals, allegedly stormed the mosque on Thursday afternoon, slitting the throats of three people and setting parts of the mosque alight.
One of the victims has reportedly succumbed to his injuries whilst two are in a critical condition.
“The DA calls on the South African Police Services (SAPS) to find the criminals responsible for this atrocious act and bring them to book. We also call for a speedy investigation in order to get to the bottom of this attack.
“Such heinous attacks at places of worship have no place in a democratic society,” the DA said in a statement.
The Muslim Judicial Council has denounced the bloodshed and said the core of Islamic teachings and principles are “respect for all human beings”.
Muslims make up about 1.9 percent of South Africa’s 55 million population, with most following Suni Muslim denomination.