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The weekend before the Muslim celebration of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, a Muslim man was ridiculed, then attacked. He later died. The incident took place outside a fast-food outlet in the small village of Magaliesburg. Businessman Mohammed Kazi was allegedly called Osama Bin Laden because of his beard by two white men. Both are now charged with assault, one of them with murder. Now, eighteen years into democracy, South Africans gather in a court to hear a case which could be a religious hate crime - the first such case, according to Krugersdorp Magistrate Reginald Dana. Have we moved on from the old South Africa? This week on 3rd Degree, we ask three experts about a cure for racial division and prejudice.
A terrible case for sure, but do these immigrant Muslim communities really feel general terror when settling in traditionally white towns and suburbs?
The 3rd Degree program tried to frame it as a discussion on (white) racism and (US/European) Islamophobia.
In public life, I'd say no, racism is very rare.
Gruesome violence against whites is rarely seen as racist.
"Osama Bin Laden has been looked at as an embodiment of evil across the world due to the 9/11 attacks that happened, so I would take offense to it ... and many Muslims throughout the world ... and it's an unjust tag that Osama Bin Laden had carried, and the Muslim community of the world has to carry."
What's going on at this station?