The Muslim SANDF predominant on the center of a 3-one year battle to position on her hijab (headband) whereas in uniform has hailed the resolution by the armed forces’ top brass to amend their Religious Dress Policy.
Main Fatima Isaacs of 2 Military Scientific institution was reacting after SANDF’s Director of Company Communications confirmed the change which now enables the Muslim Hijab (headband) to be worn whereas a soldier or rather a ramification of national defence force staffer is in uniform.
Isaacs informed the Cape Instances it was the largest victory now not factual for her, but for all who’re silently victimised due to their religion.
“We’re living in a democratic nation which technique that there could well impartial nonetheless be no discrimination on the subject of religious beliefs. I mediate religion is the muse of an staunch command/nation. Right here is the largest victory.”
Charged with violating Religious Dress Policy
The change to the policy was spurred after the SA Military Neatly being Service (SAMHS) predominant faced disciplinary motion after wearing a scarf covering her hair and head in accordance alongside with her religion.
Her maroon SAMHS beret was worn on top of the headband.
Main Isaacs has performed this since joining the scientific service of the SANDF 10 years ago.
In June 2018, she was informed wearing a headscarf was contrary to SANDF dress policy instruction modification number 5: Wearing of Religious and Scientific Adornments by SANDF Members in Uniform (2002) (Religious Dress Policy).
Compliance with the policy would’ve required her to procure the headband, against her religious beliefs.
Accordingly, when ordered to procure the headband, she refused to obey the uncover.
This resulted in her being given a final warning and which capability truth charged with three counts of contravening a share of the Military Disciplinary Code pertaining to disobeying factual commands and/or orders.
Representing Isaacs, the Correct Sources Centre (LRC) took on the case, leading to the militia court withdrawing its prices a one year ago.
Equality Court docket
The LRC then challenged the SANDF’s religious dress code policy, nonetheless in force, in the Equality Court docket.
“We engaged with the SANDF and the SANDF amended its policy to permit Muslim women to position on the hijab with militia uniform,” The LRC talked about in a observation.
“We filed a peep of withdrawal in the Equality Court docket and can impartial nonetheless now not pursue this matter additional as the policy now not discriminates against Muslim women in the militia.”
SANDF’s Director of Company Communications, Brigadier-Basic Mafi Mgobozi, confirmed the modification.
“The militia religious dress policy was up up to now accordingly and enables a Muslim woman to position on her scarf.”
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