On Thursday, 10 May 2018, three men entered the large Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, Durban after midday prayers, carrying guns and attacking the victims with knives and then releasing a petrol bomb that set fire to the building. The imam died, while two other people were injured. Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, has extended, on behalf of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa, “our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the murdered imam and the community of the Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, Durban”. He has also strongly condemned the attack and called on law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
We heard with great shock and sadness of the attack on the Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, Durban and the tragic killing of an imam and the injury of two other people. On behalf of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa, we offer our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the murdered imam, and wish the injured a speedy and full recovery. Our hearts go out to the community of the Imam Hussein Mosque who have been so brutally violated. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We strongly condemn this bloody and futile attack and call upon law enforcement agencies to work diligently to bring the perpetrators to justice. Religious tolerance has long been a characteristic of South African society and those who wish to wreak havoc, and set one faith community against another, must never be allowed to succeed. We will continue to pray for peace in our country and throughout the world, a peace that is based on respect for the dignity and rights of each human being”.
Archbishop Stephen Brislin
President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference
11 May 2018