“No charges were brought against the men – the reason for their deportation remains unclear. The arrest and detention of Bhayat and Saley was also illegal since their captors and interrogators were in civilian clothes with no identifying insignia. Saley and Bhyat have been cleared of any wrongdoing, and have not been implicated in any terror involvement.
“The wrongful arrest and harassment is a case of Islamophobic profiling in the name of the ‘war on terror’. The network urges the South African government to address the issue of Islamophobia with Muslim community leaders and develop a concrete plan of action to prevent a recurrence,” said Jassat.