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Muslim Judicial Council will take SANDF hijab case to HRC

Major Fatima Isaacs and the council said they would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

FILE: A SANDF vehicle seen in Johannesburg on 9 November 2013 during a parade. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Muslim Judicial Council said on Friday it would continue to support a South African National Defence Force member who faces a disciplinary hearing for disobeying an order to not wear a head scarf as part of her uniform.

Major Fatima Isaacs and the council said they would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Isaacs, who works as a clinical forensic pathologist at the military hospital in Cape Town, was charged with willful defiance and disobeying a lawful command.

She had already appeared before the Court of Military Justice, where the case was postponed until August.
The commission's Sheikh Taliep said: “We aim to take this matter beyond the military court and to the Human Rights Commission. We believe in terms of her religious rights that they are being violated.”