- Makhosazane Dlamini’s son got home crying recently
- She discovered that a teacher had shaved his hair, contrary to their religious beliefs
- The Department of Basic Education has cautioned teachers against violating pupils' religious beliefs
A 10-year-old boy's parents in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, were left enraged after a teacher shaved their son's hair contrary to their religious beliefs.
Makhosazane Dlamini's son got home in tears about two weeks ago, Daily News reports. He had covered his head with his jersey.
When Dlamini lifted the jersey, she discovered that her son's hair in the middle of his head had been crudely shaven.
He came home crying. He had his jersey wrapped around his head. I had to comfort him and tell him that it was not his fault, that he had not cut his own hair and therefore had not committed a sin.
The family belongs to the Nazareth Baptist Church, also known as the Shembe Church, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Its adherents keep long hair as part of their religious beliefs. Dlamini said this is the second time the school has shaved her son's hair despite having received a letter from the church.
The distraught mom claimed that the Umkomaas school's principal told her to rather transfer her son from the school. This is because the school's policies do not allow pupils to grow long hair.
However, a Department of Basic Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, cautioned teachers that violating pupils' religious beliefs is against established regulations.
Disciplinary proceedings could therefore be instituted against those found guilty of the practice, he added.
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