South African officer wins right to wear hijab after being charged for wearing it under military cap
The South African military has removed all criminal charges at the Castle of Good Hope near Cape Town
The South African army charged major Fatima Isaacs for wearing a Muslim headscarf under her military cap in June 2018. The officer was charged with intentional disobedience as she refused to remove her scarf when ordered by a superior.
Major Fatima Isaacs has been serving in the army for the past ten years as a clinical forensic pathologist.
Recognition Of The Wearing Of The Scarf By Muslim Women:
The South African military has removed all criminal charges at the Castle of Good Hope near Cape Town. The court approved a tight headscarf that would not cover the ears and would be plain in color.
The lawyer representing the officer Amy-Leigh Payne, of the Legal Resource Centre said that “The withdrawal of charges is subject to her obedience with certain restrictions relating to the wearing the headscarf,”
Planning To Challenge The Verdict:
Major Fatima is planning to challenge these restrictions in the equality court over regulations limiting religious wear.
Payne said that the policy is still in force, and while there is relief to be taken from the criminal charges that have been dropped , the result does not address the unconstitutional religious dress policy.
Colonel Louis Kirstein reported that the armed forces had held meetings with the Muslim Judicial Council, a group of Islamic clerics, over the dress code.