Source: AllAfrica.com/Sunday Times (Johannesburg)
On October 17, 2004 Sunday Times (Johannesburg) reported, "Community leaders have criticised a University of KwaZulu-Natal decision to make Hindu and Muslim staff members take leave to celebrate key religious holidays. UKZN's interim executive director of public affairs and corporate communication, Prof Dasarath Chetty, said that from next year students would be given 'condoned absence' for such holidays, but staff must take leave... The head of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, Ashwin Trikamjee, said condoned absence should apply to everyone. 'This is not a concession to students but a concession to those that believe in the Hindu faith,' said Trikamjee."