Muslim youth cordon a place as others pray during a protest rally against a new citizenship law, in Kolkata, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December when Parliament passed a bill amending the country’s citizenship law. Picture: Bikas Das/AP/African News Agency (ANA)
Durban – A former eThekwini councillor has become embroiled in a social media furore after a message which insults Hindus was circulated bearing his name.

Yacoob Baig says he now fears for his life.

Baig was responding to a social media message where his name was used to incite religious discord. The message calls for “Muslims and people against apartheid to participate in a protest against apartheid and fascism” in reference to events in India.

The post said the protest would be held on January 24 at the Indian Consulate on Kingsmead Avenue in Durban.

The message reads, in part: “Dear Muslim brothers and sisters of South Africa. Please join us for a dynamic protest against India and Hindus in Durban against the new law implemented by Fascist Modi to protect minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan which are getting raped and massacred.