oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Grounds of divorce in African customary marriages in Natal



Customary laws were modified in the interests of European concepts of morality and the fact that contact between divergent cultures necessitated adaptation. This strange mixture has as yet not properly blended and to tlus day gives rise to legal conflicts. This is strikingly illustrated by the way in which the grounds for divorce as laid down in the Code differ from the customary reasons for terminating a customary marriage. The article is an attempt to evaluate these conflicting grounds of divorce as they manifest themselves in practice today.


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