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Officials launch probe into 'hair braids'

WC education will investigate an incident in which a learner was sent home for her thick braids.

FILE: WC education to investigate an incident in which a learner was sent home for her thick braids. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Education says it will investigate an incident in which a Cape Town learner was sent home by her teachers, allegedly because her braids were too thick.

It's believed the 16-year-old missed out on about a week's schooling at the beginning of this term.

The department became aware of the matter this week.

Western Cape's, Millicent Merton, says while the girl has since returned to school officials will still investigate the matter.

"The code of conduct is subject to existing legislation. The South Africa Schools Act prescribes how a code of conduct must be drawn up and the Constitution serves as basis for the content of the code of conduct.

Merton says her district office will engage with the school to try and prevent similar situation in future.

Last year, two Eben Donges pupils were sent home for about a week after educators demanded they remove their Mosque hat and headscarf, worn according to Islamic beliefs.