Court to hear Rasta girl's case

The 13-year-old girl has repeatedly been discriminated against, as a result of her dreadlocks.

The Free State High Court will hear the case of a girl who claims to have been discriminated against at school. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The case of a grade eight pupil who has not been allowed to attend school because of her Rastafarian faith, will be heard in the Free State High Court next week.

The 13-year-old girl at Leseding Technical Secondary School in Welkom has repeatedly been discriminated against, as a result of her dreadlocks.

Equal Education met with Lerato Radebe in Bloemfontein on Friday, where an application for her to return to school was filed.

Equal Education's Kate Wilkinson claims the learner's treatment is unlawful.

"Lerato's father has done everything within his power to ensure his daughter returns to school.

"Resorting to legal action is the last resort, which shouldn't have had to be done because she has right to be in school."