oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Sould ilobolo be abolished? A reply to Hlophe



The KwaZulu Act on the code of Zulu law drew wide-ranging comment. In an article on this Act and its influence on the status of Zulu women and on ilobolo, Hlophe raised certain issues addressed in this article. Among other things Hlophe advocated the abolition of ilobolo in Zulu law because he is of the opinion that the changed socio-economic conditions in the black community no longer justified its retention. He also contended that it no longer served the function of a guarantee of good treatment of the spouses and consequent stability of the marriage, but rather occasions other social problems like delaying marriage and thus promoting seduction, concubinage, and the procreation of illegitimate children. It was not feasible to deal exhaustively in this article with all the issues raised by Hlophe. Particular emphasis were placed on the proposed abolition of ilobolo owing to the popularity of this institution in the black community. This present article is a modest attempt to contribute to the resulting debate on the issue of ilobolo as argued by Hlophe.


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