Condemnation of a Hateful Murder over Support for Palestine



The brazen attack of a family in their home in Durban’s Glenmore suburb, during the early hours of Sunday, 2nd June 2024, resulting in the murder of a mother, marks a grim milestone in the country’s history of hate crimes, Islamophobia and gender violence. A woman has been killed in her South African home, for her views, and support for the oppressed people of Palestine.


Grayson Beare, the suspect assailant who appeared in a Durban court on Tuesday, is believed to be a Zionist supporter of Apartheid Israel. He had left the 10-year-old daughter of the fatally stabbed Halima Firoza Hoosen-Preston, to narrate the horrors of what she witnessed unfold, as the girl’s critically injured father and brother were rushed to hospital.


As we convey our condolences to the now-bereaving family of the deceased and wish quick recoveries of the father and son, in hospital, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) expresses its condemnation of this heinous act of terror, precipitated by abhorrent hate.


JUSA would like to invite all those who jump at every opportunity to accuse those who sympathise with the people of Palestine for violent extremism, to categorically condemn this attack, which has all the hallmarks of the sustained messaging that justifies Zionist genocidal terror in Occupied Palestinian Territories.


We call upon authorities to prosecute the suspect, to the full extent of the law, in order to set an example and send a clear signal that such an act of terror, femicidal, hateful and Islamophobic extremism, shall never be condoned in our communities.


JUSA takes this opportunity to call upon all communities to reflect on this moment, so that we do not allow such moral depravity of dehumanisation of others to take root in South Africa. Let us stand up and raise our voices to identify ourselves with what the deceased advocated, and has died for: Palestinian liberation, as liberation of humanity.


Executive Committee
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa


27 Dhu al Qa’dah 1445 / 05 June 2024