Constantia kramat torched

The Sayed Mahmud Mazaar in Constantia.

A case of arson has been opened at Kirstenhof police station after two men set fire to the Sayed Mahmud Mazaar in Constantia on Tuesday August 7.

The mazaar, or kramat, is situated in the isolated area at the end of Summit Road in Constantia.

The caretaker, who lives onsite, said the men arrived at about 6.10am under the pretence of performing prayers. He granted them entry and then went back to his living quarters to shower. Hearing the men running away, he discovered the glow of a fire in the kramat.

The fire damaged the carpet and a Qur’an casing while the walls and the inside of the green dome were blackened from the flames.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Captain Paul Alexander at 021 702 8900.