'It goes against the Constitution': A cultural expert weighs in on the isiphandla issue

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"Parents and  a cultural expert share their thoughts on a Christian school chasing a pupil for wearing a goat skin bracelet in class." Photo: Getty Images
"Parents and a cultural expert share their thoughts on a Christian school chasing a pupil for wearing a goat skin bracelet in class." Photo: Getty Images

A private Christian school in Gauteng has appeared in the news recently, causing an uproar, after refusing to allow an isiZulu-speaking pupil to wear their isiphandla at school, effectively barring the child from learning.

The child's family decided to take the matter to court as they felt that the school had discriminated against their child based on culture. They are asking the school to pay R300 000 in damages.  

The school argues that wearing isiphandla is a religious practice, and it is part of traditional African beliefs, which goes against the school's biblical ethos and beliefs.

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