Customary law

 
Customary wives in fight against marital abuse
Customary wives in fight against marital abuse
Meko and Sandiswa, both in their late 40s, have been part of a customary marriage for more than 15 years. Meko is violent and very controlling...
Customary law can pose problems for widows
Customary law can pose problems for widows
‘I am not the first that this has happened to. Which is why I am fired up and encouraged by the spirits of all the widows who have been marginalised by patriarchal in-laws in moments of grief and stripped of their dignity and the very basic need to grieve.”...
In Pondoland, confusion will reign till kingdom come
In Pondoland, confusion will reign till kingdom come
The Constitutional Court ruling to set aside the process appointing the current king of Pondoland has left a great deal of confusion in its...
An urgent rethink on customary law is needed
An urgent rethink on customary law is needed
On the face of it, this provision was simply designed to bring traditional leaders into the constitutional framework.
ConCourt overturns Zuma's decision on Qawukeni king
ConCourt overturns Zuma's decision on Qawukeni king
The decision, which made Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau the king of AmaMpondo AseQawukeni, was gazetted in November 2010, at the recommendation of the...
Left in the lurch: New hope for women in polygynous limbo
Left in the lurch: New hope for women in polygynous limbo
For the past three years, Mphephu Ngwenyama and her children have lived in economic limbo. Her husband, Hlengani Moyana, died in 2009 and since...
When 'culture' clashes with gender rights
When 'culture' clashes with gender rights
Whose culture, and to what end? These questions cropped up again last week when Mandla Zwelivelile Mandela, an ANC MP better known as the grandson...
Bound by the bill of rights
Bound by the bill of rights
Recognising our rich cultural diversity, the Constitution provides for and protects the freedom to participate in the cultural life of one's...
By force of law
By force of law
What is the role of traditional authorities in a modern and democratic setting? Framing the question in these terms might obscure rather than...
Customary law debated in Constitutional Court
Customary law debated in Constitutional Court
A KwaZulu-Natal woman had Constitutional Court judges grappling with how to protect customary law and make sure African women married before 2000...

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