oa De Rebus - Recognition of a customary marriage

Volume 1982, Issue 180
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Although a marriage concluded according to customary law is recognized as a customary union, it is not recognized as a marriage, despite the express recognition of ilobolo which is an essential thereof. The non-recognition of a customary marriage has resulted in a number of problems and anomalies. The aim of this article is to point out some of these anomalies and problems and to indicate that they would have been avoided by an express recognition of a customary marriage as a marriage.

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