The resident had laid a complaint with the police and the City of Cape Town said it was obliged to investigate.
Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, said the Democratic Alliance caucus was presented with a proposal to exclude places of worship from the noise bylaw by councillor Aslam Cassim, which he himself seconded in March.
“This is still an internal political conversation, but a concerted effort will be made to drive this process,” he says.
“So it is not correct at this point to say that the City is considering changing the bylaw as it is still an internal conversation.”
Cassim said he made the proposal after several similar cases were reported.
“In our diverse community, it’s important for government to play a leading role in encouraging tolerance and therefore actively contribute towards reconciliation.
“Bearing this in mind, I proposed a motion to amend The Streets Public Places & the Prevention of Noise Nuisances By-law of 2007, Section 21.
“Inserting an additional subsection: (1) That religious institutions’ call to prayer be exempted from this bylaw, in the interest of embracing religious tolerance.”
The Muir Street mosque committee has asked the City to resume it’s investigation after the holy month of Ramadaan, which is set to end on 5 June.
“The athaan, the ringing of church bells, or any other call to worship can never be regarded as noise,” the committee said.