Cultural intolerance in the South African workplace

As the workplace in South Africa continues to grow and attract people from diverse backgrounds, tolerance and sensitivity towards each other's cultures becomes more of an issue.

There have been situations in the country where hairstyles and clothing of people have come into conflict with what is perceived as being acceptable in the workplace.

There have also been similar issues in schools where some pupils' cultural wear and hairstyles have conflicted with school rules.

Activist Koketso Moeti spoke to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo about cultural intolerance in the South African workplace.

Listen to the conversation below:

There are more indirect rules which are harder to deal with, such as in schools where rules state that hair must be flat on the head. It doesn't say natural hair isn't allowed, but it is saying that indirectly

Koketso Moeti, activist

While rights can be limited in certain exceptional instances, freedom of expression is a fundamental one. We cannot ignore the social history of South Africa, which means certain things have been ingrained as bad

Koketso Moeti, activist

When it comes to iduku, it is a very common accessory among women of Africa and abroad. It has a particular cultural significance

Koketso Moeti, activist

If you subscribe to certain cultural or religious beliefs, that doesn't negate the idea that you still have a choice and you have the right to express yourself

Koketso Moeti, activist

This article first appeared on 702 : Cultural intolerance in the South African workplace


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