Tshwane metro has hairy issue with recruits

2014-06-11 09:55

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Johannesburg - A court has ordered the Tshwane metro to reinstate two woman recruits who were kicked out of a police training course for refusing to cut their hair, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Suzanne Terry of Mregloed and Elizna Rochelle van Mollendorf of Eersterust secured the order in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Tshwane had ended its training agreement with the two student constables on 22 May because the pair ignored an order to cut their hair short.

Their instructor Ramatsimele Ndlovu then forcibly cut their hair on the parade ground last December.

Ndlovu has since been fired after a disciplinary hearing.

Tshwane had argued that both male and female recruits were told on 2 December, when training started, that those with long hair needed to cut it short and that men needed to shave off their beards.

But the court declared it was irregular to end the training contract with the two women and made a cost order against Tshwane, Beeld reported.

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