Cape Town to shut pro-gay mosque
South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, must close, a local official has told the BBC.
A City of Cape Town councillor says the newly established Open Mosque has violated municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces.
The mosque officially opened its doors on Friday despite criticism from members of the local Muslim community.
Founder Taj Hargey said the mosque would help counter radicalism.
“The City Council is trying to close the mosque using ridiculous bylaws and I will not be threatened by them or anyone else,” Mr Hargey told the BBC.
“We have freedom of religion and expression in this country. No-one has the right to tell anyone what to believe in. This is a gender equal mosque, autonomous and independent and will remain so,” he said.