SA Muslims 'not able to embark' on Hajj pilgrimage due to Covid-19
With the country's borders still closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, South Africans wishing to embark on the Hajj pilgrimage this year will not be allowed to do so.
This was the official word from the SA Hajj & Umrah Council (Sahuc) in a statement issued on Wednesday night.
The council said a meeting was held earlier on Wednesday with international relations minister Naledi Pandor.
“Based on the closures of our borders, the curtailment of international travel and issues pertaining to Covid-19, it is with regret that we inform South African accredited Hujaaj that South African pilgrims will not be able to embark on the 1441/2020 Hajj,” it said.
The pilgrimage — to Mecca, Saudi Arabia — was scheduled to start on July 28 and end on August 2.
The council added that any applicable refunds would be paid.
PRESS RELEASE: DECISION ON HAJJ 2020 / 1441 FOR SOUTH AFRICAN PILGRIMS@africamutawifs @UbuntuRadioZA@aladilla @VOCfm @AlAnsaarRadio@wukalla @radioislam @Deenmedia@news_itv @HaramainInfo @hajjawareness #STAYHOME #COVID19 #hajj2020 #Hajj1441 pic.twitter.com/UeQjxSdif0— SAHUC Hajj (@sahuchajj) June 11, 2020
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