- The government has declared that all customary marriages will have joint ownership
- This includes polygamous unions
- The people of Mzansi had mixed reactions to the announcement
The government has approved a law that states that all customary marriages will have joint ownership between partners, and that includes polygamous unions.
The Customary Marriages Amendment Bill will give women equal rights over all marriage property. The bill includes those who married under customary law before the law came into place in 2000.
The Daily Sun reported that a cultural law expert named Zama Mopai said the Bill was a good decision. This is because most women, particularly from the rural areas, married under customary marriages were not aware of their rights. Polygamous marriages were formerly regulated according to tradition and women were unable to claim anything after divorce.
Mopai went on to say that people needed to educate themselves about customary marriages.
Mzansi social media users had mixed reactions about the law. While others were grateful that rural women now had an equal say in their marriages, others were not too pleased.
Once social media user was recorded as saying that he would rather not marry at all any more and would be sticking to "vat en sit".
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously did a feature on Zulu weddings and the process of marrying in traditional Zulu style. Like any other traditional African wedding, a Zulu wedding can be rather expensive. From the decorations to the costumes and gifts, you should be prepared to fork out at least R70 000 to R80 000 to cater for 80 to 100 guests.
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