Transgender prisoner forced to dress like a man at Helderstroom prison

Jade September, who is serving a 15-year sentence for murder, has approached the Equality Court and will be represented by the Lawyers for Human Rights.

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CAPE TOWN - The rights of a transgender prisoner are in the spotlight after she was forced to dress like a man at the Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre in Caledon.

Jade September is serving a 15-year sentence for murder.

She has approached the Equality Court.

Sanja Bornman from the Lawyers for Human Rights' Gender Equality Programme said: “We’re not going to court over just one incident but a series of incidents involving prison officials that we believe constitute unfair discrimination against our client on the basis of her gender identity as a transgender woman.

"Lawyers for Human Rights will be representing her on 26 November in the Cape High Court.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)