Cape Town - Should the Equality Court rule in favour of a transgender prisoner to express her gender identity as a female in a male facility, then the Standing Order in prison should be sent back to the minister for review.
Tuesday marked day two of arguments in the Western Cape High Court, sitting as the Equality Court, with transgender prisoner Jade September challenging authorities and accusing prison heads of discriminating against her by not allowing her to wear her hair long, wearing make-up and jewellery or female underwear.
September is serving 15 years for killing a client in May 2013.
While incarcerated at the Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre, in Caledon, September said she was subjected to verbal abuse and harassment from prison officials, and at one stage placed in segregated confinement for 17 days in 2016.
This was after she defied officials and expressed her gender. Her personal items were confiscated, and she was forced to cut off her braided hair.