Young men based in northern Kwazulu-Natal are being forced to pay a bachelors tax for being single, which has sparked outrage.
Thamsanqa Zwane, aged 31, lives in Vulamehlo village in Nquthu and is forced to pay the annual levy.
Due to him being unemployed, the obligation has fallen on his mother to ensure the fee is paid.
Zwane confirmed the amount payable was R50 as he isn’t married nor living with a girlfriend.
eNCA reported this to be the expectation when the eligible bachelors are unemployed.
One of the women affected by the policy is Busisiwe Mthembu, who has 3 sons over the age of 18.
She said, "They pay this tax even though they are not married. I paid for the first one, and the second one became 18, I had to get him the ownership letter.”
Contrary to the claims, the local iNkosi, Thathezakhe Ngobese, refuted the notion of a bachelor tax.
Ngobese said, “This money doesn't feed Ngobese's family." According to him, the funds are used to help fund the traditional court and council.
He further adds that other local workers are also remunerated from the fund, such as cleaners.
Many have labelled the fee as oppressive and unfair.
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