Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The South African Army has changed its dress policy in order to allow Muslim women to wear headscarves as part of their uniform, an army spokesperson stated on Thursday.

In January last year, a military court dropped charges against an officer who had been prosecuted for wearing a hijab under her military beret.

Major Fatima Isaacs had been charged in June 2018 with willful defiance and failing to obey lawful instructions after her superior asked her to remove her headscarf when wearing the uniform.

The military authorities initially accepted to make an exception specifically for Major Isaacs. However they did not amend the dress code. Major Isaacs later mounted a legal battle which ended with a victory for her when the South African Defence Forces finally agreed to amend its policy this week whereby all Muslim women will be allowed to cover their heads while on duty.

The Legal Resource Centre (LRC), a rights group which took up her case in 2019 welcomed the decision via Twitter on Wednesday and said it was withdrawing the equality court case.

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