All should enjoy religious freedom
Senior police management in KwaZulu-Natal are ordering Muslim policemen to shave their beards.
How does a beard have anything to do with a policeman being able to apply the rule of law, or be fair?
SA is a secular state, religious freedom is guaranteed in that context. For everyone to enjoy the right to religious freedom, tolerance is crucial.
In a society as diverse as SA, no single religion should be preferred over another and religious freedom should be promoted.
It doesn't cost anything. It could boost morale and retention in a small but significant way. And a policeman with a well-maintained beard can look as dignified and sharp as a clean-shaven cop.
If they wish to practice their religion in the workplace, an exemption or accommodation must be sought.
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