The SAUPJ and its affiliates issued the following declaration of solidarity and condolence with the Muslim community of Malmesbury following the recent horrific attack on the mosque there:
Tamuz 5778 – Ramadan 1439 – June 2018
To the Muslim community of Malmesbury
Shalom dear friends!
Kindly accept our solidarity with you during this sad and horrific time following the inexplicable attack in your mosque. We are highly troubled that such a crime should take place at all, not to mention in a house of worship.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, the members of your congregation that were present, and to your community.
With blessings and wishes of strength,
Rabbi Saar Shaked
Chair, South African Association of Progressive Rabbis (SAAPR)
Chair, South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ)
Rabbi Julia Margolis
Chair, South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED)