Customary Law

Customary wives in fight against marital abuse

Depending on the resources they have access to, women can call family meetings to shame their husbands or use the full weight of statutory law

Customary law can pose problems for widows

Despite a new Act, many women and children are up against discriminatory practices

In Pondoland, confusion will reign till kingdom come

The small kingdom of ­Pondoland is fiercely ­independent and has a history of rebellion, and now, of internal fighting.

An urgent rethink on customary law is needed

The Constitution, in chapter 12, recognises "the institution, status and role of traditional leadership, in terms of customary law".

ConCourt overturns Zuma’s decision on Qawukeni king

A decision made by President Jacob Zuma on the kingship of the AmaMpondo AseQawukeni has been set aside by the Constitutional Court.

Left in the lurch: New hope for women in polygynous limbo

A new court ruling will help women in polygynous marriages access their rights to inheritance after the death of a husband, writes Faranaaz Parker.

When ‘culture’ clashes with gender rights

Ukuthwala is a practice that involves the abduction and forced marriage of girls who are frequently under-aged.

Bound by the bill of rights

A constitutional expert examines what the imperative to respect cultural diversity really means, in terms of customary law.

By force of law

Customary law is not separate and distinct from the Constitution. Its existence and authority are drawn from it, argues a constitutional expert.

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Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker faces second misconduct complaint

The Cape Bar Council says his conduct is ‘unbecoming the holding of judicial office’

The Mogale Centre: A place of hope for young offenders

In the last story of her series about children behind bars, Athandiwe Saba speaks to young men who have committed serious crimes and are now living behind the walls of the Mogale Child and Youth Care Centre

Covid-19 fight to enter house-to-house testing phase

President urges people to continue staying at home for the next 17 days

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Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

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SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories