The rights of women in customary marriages Article written by Eileen Dexter, Candidate Attorney, checked and released by Maike Gohl, Partner at Schindlers Attorneys. 02 March 2022 Introduction Before we address the topic at hand, it is important to understand the difference between a civil marriage and a customary marriage. Certain requirements exist that must
SUMMARY The issue considered in this appeal was whether a Traditional Council (regulated in terms of customary law) had locus standi to institute action proceedings on behalf of Bakgaka – Ba – Mothapo Traditional Community (the “Appellant”). Furthermore, whether the argument of insufficient number of men/women appointed as councilors to the Premier’s office justified the
SUMMARY In casu, the Respondent sought, inter alia, an order declaring that Rule 43 of the Uniform Rules of Court does not apply to Islamic marriages and in circumstances where a Talaq has been issued.   The parties were married to each other under Islamic Law and 2 (two) children were born of the marriage.
SUMMARY On 14 September 2017, the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, delivered a judgment in which it declared section 2C(1) of the Wills Act 7 of 1953 (hereinafter “the Wills Act”) constitutionally invalid due to its failure to recognise the rights of a spouse married by Muslim rites in a polygamous marriage