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Muslim major to appear in a Cape Town military court for refusing to discard headscarf

...the major's scarf was worn under her beret and "does not even cover her ears".

A Muslim member of the SANDF is expected to face a hearing in a military court in Cape Town on Tuesday because of her refusal to not wear her headscarf.

The major, has been a member of the armed forces for the past 10 years and works as a clinical forensic pathologist at 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg.

According to her adviser, Nazeema Mohamed, the action smacked of Islamophobia, sexism and a poor attitude toward women.

She said the major’s scarf was worn under her beret and “does not even cover her ears”.

It did not obstruct any insignia or military rankings, Mohamed explained. For the past decade, none of the officers she reported to took exception to it.

Mohamed said they would take the matter to court, should the SANDF proceed with charges against the major.

More: news24

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