oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - A new dispensation for Black women? A note on Act 6 of 1981 (KwaZulu)

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In May 1982 the KwaZulu Act on the Code of Zulu law was assented to by the State President. There are three versions of the text, Zulu, Afrikaans and English, the last-mentioned being the signed version. As stated in the preamble, the Act is designed to "amend the Code of Zulu Law in order to raise the status of Black women; to expand the property, succession and inheritance rights of Black women; to extend guardianship to Black women and to provide for matters incidental thereto." After the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly had adopted the recommendations of a commission of enquiry into the legal disabilities of Black women, steps were taken to amend the Black States Constitution Act enabling the KwaZulu legislature to amend the Zulu Code as well as the relevant sections of the Black Administration Act3 and other Republican legislation. The resultant KwaZulu legislation is not merely an amending Act but a statute incorporating the provisions of the Zulu Code together with amendments. In this article only some aspects of the statutory reform are considered: more specifically thos relating to the status of Black women in general and of married women in particular.

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