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Headscarves are allowed in ID photos: DHA

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has apologised to a Cape Town Muslim woman who was told to remove her headscarf in order to take her ID (identification document) photograph. Saadiqah Saffodien had visited a Home Affairs branch last week to apply for the smart ID card when she was[…]

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Interim relief announced for Muslim women in SANDF

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has announced that there will be interim relief for Muslim women to wear the headscarf while serving in the military. This follows a marathon discussion between the two parties on Tuesday, to resolve the fracas around Cape[…]

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More cases of discrimination in SANDF surfaces

More cases of discrimination against Muslim women in the South African military are now beginning to surface, in the wake of Major Fatima Isaacs’s struggle to wear her headscarf. That’s according to her advisor Nazeema Mohamed, who has taken on the case of the forensic pathologist, who has waged a[…]

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‘SANDF headscarf issue is Islamophobia’

UPDATED: A Muslim female member of the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) has been formally charged with disobeying a lawful instruction for refusing to remove her headscarf.  Major Fatima Isaacs appeared in a closed military court at the Castle of Good Hope on Tuesday morning. The case has been[…]

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WCED resolves fracas over headscarf

A dispute around the wearing of the headscarf at De Grendal high school in Milnerton has been resolved, according to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). A letter from the principal was sent to a Muslim learner’s parent last week, stating she could not wear hijab in Ramadan, as it[…]

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