Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
24 Aug 2020
7:05 am

Man gets court to ‘silence’ mosque

Bernadette Wicks

The judge found, however, that Ellaurie had made out a case against the calls to prayers made from the madrasah – which he argued were “a foreign sound, which invades his private space”.

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Fed up with the calls to prayer giving his area “a distinctly Muslim atmosphere”, a Durban man went to court and got a judge to order the local mosque to keep it down. Judge Sidwell Mngadi, sitting in the High Court in Durban, on Friday ordered the Madrasah Taleemuddeen Islamic Institute to ensure that calls to prayer made from its Isipingo property were not audible from the home of Chandra Gili Ellaurie, about 20m away. In court, Ellaurie – who, as the judge put it, was “unashamedly opposed to the Islamic faith” – argued Islam was “a false religion”. But the...