8 December 2023

The Claremont Main Road Masjid is saddened to hear of the passing of anti-apartheid and community activist Dr. Anwah Nagia.

Dr Nagia will be remembered as a vociferous campaigner for Palestinian rights, leading many solidarity marches in Cape Town. Until his untimely passing Dr. Nagia was the director and founder of the Kaaf Human Rights Centre and Palestine museum in District 6, a labour of love which he spent years working on.

He was also the chairperson of various organisations including the Mustadafin Foundation and the District Six Beneficiary and Redevelopment Trust.

Dr. Nagia was a philanthropist extraordinaire and well known for his passionate commitment to social justice. He shared his illuminating insights into the social, political, cultural and economic realities of our times on many public platforms. The right to return – for Palestinians and the dispossessed of District 6, were his enduring campaigns.

His involvement in struggles for social justice goes back to his school days at Trafalgar High in the 1970s, and in the late 80’s he was responsible for setting up learnerships for adult basic education in the clothing factories.

In the mid 90’s he was the Deputy Chairman of the Western Cape Nursing Council of South Africa and was involved in the protection of Woodstock and Somerset Hospital for the continued use of those facilities for the communities.

Dr Nagia was a supporter of numerous civil society organizations and a friend of CMRM. He accompanied his lifelong friend Judge Siraj Desai when the latter was guest speaker at CMRM’s Annual General Meeting in 2019.

CMRM extends its sincere condolences to his brother Ehsan and the extended Nagia family and friends and we make du’a that Allah, the Lord of Compassion and Mercy pardons his shortcomings, has mercy on his soul and grants him salvation in the life hereafter.

Dr Imam Rashied Omar

Claremont Main Road Masjid

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