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sandf thumb medium90 89AFP reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has amended its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear headscarves as part of its uniform.  

In January 2020, a military court dropped charges against an officer who had been indicted for wearing a hijab under her military beret.  Major Fatima Isaacs had been criminally charged in June 2018 with wilful defiance and failing to obey lawful instructions after her superior asked her to remove her headscarf when in uniform.  A military court at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town withdrew all charges in January 2020, allowing Isaacs to wear a tight black head wrap while on duty as long as it did not cover her ears.  But the SANDF did not amend its dress policy, prompting Isaacs to mount a challenge in the Equality Court over regulations restricting religious wear.  The SANDF eventually agreed last week to amend its policy and allow all Muslim women to cover their heads while on duty.  "The SANDF dress regulation was updated to allow the wearing of headscarves by Muslim [women] according to stipulations in the dress regulations," spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi confirmed on Thursday.  The Legal Resources Centre, which represented Isaacs, welcomed the decision said it was withdrawing the Equality Court case.

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