SAHRC goes to court on behalf of transgender pupil

2016-11-15 22:13


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Polokwane – The Human Rights Commission is taking the Limpopo Department of Education to court after a transgender child couldn’t complete her schooling at a school in the province because she was humiliated and harassed.

The HRC started its investigation into the matter two years ago, Netwerk24 reported.

The hearing was supposed to start in the Equality Court in Seshego last week but was postponed until December when the magistrate fell ill.

HRC spokesperson Gail Smith said they had received complaints that the plaintiff was harassed and humiliated due to her gender. The situation deteriorated to the point where she left school and moved to Gauteng.

The respondents in the case are the Limpopo Education Department and the school principal.

To protect the plaintiff, her name as well as the names of the school and the principal is withheld.  

The HRC wants the Department of Education to change their policy regarding transgender pupils and it wants staff and teachers to receive training in how to treat transgender kids.

The spokesperson for the provincial department said they were aware of the case but cannot comment until the court has reached a decision.

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