Halaal food petition to UP

POOJA PUNDIT AND BRADLEY TJONGARERO

Since 8 March, a petition to the University of Pretoria has been circulating on Twitter based on the issue of the lack of accessible Halaal food on Hatfield campus.

Hatfield campus contains the majority of UP’s Muslim student population as well as the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

According to the petition, a student who would like to remain anonymous wishes for the University to relocate the Halaal food outlet, “The Jaffel Lady,” on South campus to Hatfield campus. This outlet caters for Muslim students on South and Hatfield Campuses.

The anonymous student added, “We just want a place where Muslim students can come together and enjoy Halaal food with their friends on [Hatfield] campus. Often we go with our friends to places on [Hatfield] campus but we are unable to eat”. He said that the inaccessibility to strictly Halaal food has been an issue for a while and he needed to take a step forward for the Muslim community on campus to communicate the woes they are facing.

The location of the Halaal food outlet has generally proven an inconvenience for Muslim students on Hatfield campus. The bridge to South campus has been demolished and the tightened security has caused the access to Halaal food to be a time-consuming task.

The chairperson of the Muslim Students Association, Saaif Essa Suliman, said that it is imperative that the issue of Halaal food on campus be dealt with as soon as possible. Suliman said, “I believe that since our country has become so diversified, it's about time our university does so too. This is a world-renown university with a wide variety of international students from multiple cultures and backgrounds. Surely our university should be a platform for these students to study at, while also catering for their needs and making them as comfortable as possible.”

The petition currently has 300 signatures at the time of going to print.

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