Diwali: No public holiday

2008-10-22 00:00

Rumours circulating that Diwali, which is officially celebrated on Monday, will be a public holiday for everyone, are not true, according to Dr Dorsamy Moodley, the joint secretary of the SA Hindu Maha Sabha, the body that looks after the welfare of the Hindu community.

But Moodley appealed to employers to release Hindus from work, university and schools. He said schools and universities do not schedule exams on the day, and Simon Mbokazi of the Education Department said they “condone absenteeism” on grounds of religion.

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