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[…]
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[…]
The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) has thrown its weight behind Major Fatima Isaacs quest to wear her headscarf while serving in the military. Isaacs is facing a dismissal and will appear in a military court next month on charges of “willful defiance and disobeying a lawful command” for her[…]
Another Muslim woman has broken her silence over alleged discrimination in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and has revealed her long struggle to wear the headscarf. Suwayba Fischer has been a member of the military for 13 years and served in the South African Military Health Service. She[…]
The Women’s Legal Centre has confirmed that they have been approached by a member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), who has accused OR Tambo International airport security of treating her unfairly. Khadeejah Kaffoor, a student and regional chairperson of the MSA was forced to remove her hijab while travelling[…]
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[…]
The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has expressed its unequivocal support for Major Fatima Isaacs in her right to wear the headscarf as part of her military uniform. On Tuesday, Isaacs appeared in a military court in Cape Town and was charged with disobeying a lawful instruction after she refused to[…]
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[…]
Iran should stop persecuting women who refuse to wear the headscarf, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. The organisation called for charges to be dropped against three women who were arrested in Iran in January following the beginning of anti-government protests in the country. Nargess Hosseini, who was arrested on[…]
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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