Johannesburg: A leading daily in South Africa has apologised to its readers for a slur against Muslims in a review on a motor car.
The review by `The Times` referred to the new Lexus IS250C as being "as silent as a Muslim rodent in a synagogue".
"Even though this phrase was intended as jest, the description insulted many of our readers, some of whom have written to us to complain," the newspaper said.
"It was an insensitive phrase that should never have been used and we apologise to all who were offended."
Muslims here felt that the daily apologised pre-emptively before religious leaders reacted to avoid a situation that occurred a few years ago with its sister paper, the weekly Sunday Times, which also has a supplement aimed at the South African Indian community.
The weekly had published the offensive cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a Danish artist that caused a worldwide furore and refused to apologise, leading to a massive boycott of the Sunday Times for several months before it published a full-page apology.