Victory for dreadlocked warders

Dreadlocked warders have won their SCA case against the Department of Correctional Services. (Pghoto: kudzu.com)

Dreadlocked warders have won their case against the Department of Correctional Services. (Photo: kudzu.com)

The New Age reports that some former Pollsmoor warders have won their unfair dismissal case against the Department of Correctional  Services, which fired them in 2007 after they refused to cut their dreadlocks.

The men were charged with violating the department’s dress code, after they said they could not cut their hair for religious and cultural reasons.

The warders took the department to the labour court, saying they were being discriminated against on the basis of religion, culture and gender, since  female warders were allowed to have dreadlocks.

The labour court agreed with the warders, ordering that they be reinstated or compensated.

However, the DCS took the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal, where judge Mandisi Maya ruled in favour of the warders last week. Read more.

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