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Parents fume after school shaves son’s hair

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Durban – When Makhosazane Dlamini’s son arrived home weeping, with his jersey over his head, she had little idea what lay underneath it.
On removing the jersey, she discovered that a teacher had taken a razor to his head and crudely shaved his hair, leaving bald patches on his scalp.

The Dlaminis belong to the Nazareth Baptist Church, also known as the Shembe Church, whose members grow their hair long in accordance with their faith.

Dlamini said her 10-year-old continued to go to the Umkomaas school with his hair half-shaved because she would be committing a sin if she shaved off the rest.

She said it was not the first time this had happened.

In June, the child came home with his hair cut down the middle.

However, since she had not submitted a letter to the school confirming the child’s religion, she had not challenged it, although she felt violated.

“I then obtained a letter from the church and sent it to the school.

“I was called to the school and the principal told me that the school should have informed me upon admission at the beginning of the year that long hair was not allowed for any reason.

“He told me to rather remove my son from the school,” she said.

She added that since then her son’s hair had grown back, but she was shocked when he came home two weeks ago with his head shaved again, although the school had been made aware of his religion and beliefs.

She said her son had been traumatised because his hair was cut in front of the class.

“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. Once he calmed down, he removed the jersey for me to see. It was like he had been attacked by rats,” she said.

A teacher from a school in Umkomaas allegedly cut a pupil’s hair, violating his religious rights as a Shembe.

Although the Education Department has issued a circular against this practice, incidents of teachers cutting pupils’ hair continue.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities recently opened a case against a police officer accused of cutting pupils’ hair at a school in KwaMaphumulo.

Commission spokesperson Mpiyakhe Mkholo said yesterday that following its letter to the Education Department earlier this year, the department had issued a circular that warned teachers against forcing pupils who kept their hair long for religious reasons to cut it.

“If there are teachers who continue to violate pupils’ religious beliefs after they have been warned, it means they have no regard for the employer’s instructions, and therefore more ­stringent consequences should be implemented by the department,” he said.

Nazareth Baptist Church secretary Thabo Sambothi said the matter had been reported to the commission by the Nazareth Judicial Council since 2016, but complaints from parents whose children still fell victim were reported to the church all the time.

Sambothi said they had received reports about a principal who allegedly cut pupils’ hair in Inanda this week.

Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said teachers had been warned against the practice, and those found guilty had been disciplined.

He warned that those found to be continuing the practice would face the consequences.

“We will send our officials to investigate the allegations and make sure that proper disciplinary actions are taken against them. The department will not allow such behaviour to continue at our schools. It’s a dehumanising practice, and the department is totally against it,” he said.

Mahlambi said school codes of conduct should comply with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

He said schools should respect and consider human and religious rights when drawing up policies.

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Look: 4 critically injured in tanker and bus crash on N3

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Four people have been injured and multiple others injured when a tanker truck, a bus and other vehicles were involved in a serious crash on N3 north just before the Hidcote off ramp in Mooi River.

Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst said that paramedics responded to the accident scene at 15H42 on Monday afternoon.

“Netcare 911 with Nsele Ambulance Services Responded to a collision on the N3 Johannesburg bound in Hidcote KZN Midlands region.

Reports indicate that a bus, tanker and multiple cars were involved in a collision leaving four people critical and approximately fourty-four other patients with minor to serious injuries,” said Hersbt.

The fire and rescue services are currently on scene trying to extinguish the fire to determine if any deaths have occurred.

This is a developing story.

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Attorney Theasen Pillay found deceased in his Umhlanga Ridge apartment

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Durban – Lawyer Theasan Pillay, 47, from attorneys Theasan Pillay and Associates has been found dead in his apartment on Solstice road in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday morning.

Private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) reported that they received a call at 11h34 on Friday from a relative requesting assistance after he made the gruesome discovery.

Rusa officers and paramedics on arrival found Pillay in his bedroom.

He had suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest.

“It was established that Pillay left a suicide note at his offices in Umhlanga prior to leaving the premises this morning. His employees discovered the note and called him. During a telephonic conversation he assured them that he was fine and needed some time alone. They then informed his family and requested that they check on his well-being.

His brother proceeded to his apartment and gained access with a set of spare keys when he made the discovery,” said Rusa.

Pillay’s death is being investigated by the police and updates will be shared as soon as they become available.

This is a developing story.

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Leo Prinsloo guarded Kim Kardashian amongst other high profile people

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Pretoria – The hero guard, Leo Prinsloo, once served as a guard for former President Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles and even Kim Kardashian amongst high profile people, IOL has reported.

Deon Coetzee, MD of the Fortis Group said that Prinsloo has been in various security roles for more than 30 years now, with a 12 year career in the South African Police Special Task Force.

He had extensive training, including training with Abu Dhabi’s Anti-Terrorism unit.

In the SAPS Task Force, he was a head instructor of their lone operator training.

Prinsloo and Lloyd Mthombeni became a world topic when a video was shared on social media of them being shot at by robbers.

Coetzee said the two had been escorting a van that was transporting cellphones when they came under attack on the N4 freeway in Pretoria.

He said the modus operandi of criminals is to take out both the escort vehicle and the courier vehicle.

“In the video you see what was happening to the escort vehicle. Two vehicles with three criminals in each tried to take them and Leo took evasive action,” Coetzee said.

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“The guard in the passenger seat, Lloyd Mthombeni, was just four days on the job when the incident happened,” he said.

Dash cam footage of the incident was shared thousands of times and quickly went viral on social media. The public has hugely been amazed by the bravery exhibited by Prinsloo who managed to keep his cool as bullets rained on his van.

News agencies across the globe covered the incident showing Prinsloo’s daring escape from the robbers.

Death threats

Meanwhile, Prinsloo has been placed under police guard following death threats.

Coetzee said they have had to step up security around him following the threats.

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