Five prison warders win an unfair dismissal suit

By Lelethu Mquqo
28 September 2011

Five dreadlocked prison warders have won an unfair dismissal suit against Correctional Services.

The men, three of whom followed the Rastafarian faith, argued in the Labour Appeal Court in Cape Town that the instruction to cut their dreadlocks off infringed on their rights to freedom.

All five worked as warders at Pollsmoor prison for between seven and 14 years before they were fired in 2007.

The department had claimed that the men had violated the dress code.


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