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JEZILE V THE STATE – Cape Town High Court Rejects Manipulated “Customary” Practice of Ukuthwala

Tuesday 24 March 2015 – After months of deliberation, Justice Cloete of the Cape Town High Court handed down judgment in the Jezile matter. The full court decided unanimously to affirm Mr. Jezile’s convictions of human trafficking and rape, but set aside his convictions for assault and simple assault. The court declined to accept Mr. Jezile’s argument that he was in a customary marriage through Ukuthwala. Continue Reading

Recognition of Muslim Marriages Long Overdue


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Recognition of Muslim Marriages Long Overdue – says WLC

Centre takes Government to court to develop law that will give Muslim marriages legal status

During his January 8th Statement earlier this year President Jacob Zuma said “we can boldly state that laws which discriminate on the basis of race, gender and other prohibited grounds have been removed”. While this is true in many cases, unfortunately this is not true for many Muslim women as Muslim marriages in South Africa do not have legal status – unlike unions entered into under civil or African customary law. Continue Reading