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South Africa changes military dress policy for Muslim women

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South Africa’s military has changed its dress policy to allow Muslim women to use hijab with their military uniform, a rights organisation said.

The Legal Resources Centre said the changes followed discussions with the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF).

The centre has since filed a notice to withdraw the suit in the Equality Court.

“We will therefore not be pursuing this matter further as the current SANDF policy no longer discriminates against Muslim women in the military,” it tweeted.

Military spokesman Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobhozi is quoted by the IOL news site as saying: “The Military Religious Dress Policy was updated accordingly which allows a Muslim woman to wear her scarf.”

The development follows a two-year battle by Maj Fatima Isaacs, a Muslim woman, against the dress policy after she was charged with disobeying lawful commands or orders.


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