Muslim organisations in South Africa have played a major role in relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal which has seen widespread violence and looting following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma.
So far 212 people have been killed in the past week’s violent protests in the eastern regions of South Africa. More than 1,200 people have been arrested while over a thousand shops have been plundered, including Muslim businesses and mosques.
But South African Muslim businesses and NGOs – including Muslims for Humanity and the Natal Memon Jamaat Foundation (NMJ) – have joined hands to distribute tens of thousands of loaves of bread and litres of milk to communities impacted by violence and looting in the greater Durban area.
Here are some messages of appreciation by mainly non-Muslim locals: