oa De Rebus - Customary law of primogeniture upheld in Zimbabwe

Volume 1999, Issue 381
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The decision in Magaya v Magaya (ZS) 16-2-1999 Case SC210/98 unreported) has attracted a lot of attention, both locally and internationally. The crux of the criticism levelled at the decision is that it discriminates against women and fails to take proper account of international norms of gender equality. The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe went so far as to issue a letter to various women's organisations in Zimbabwe stating that should they continue to criticise the decision in the manner in which they had been doing, they would be held in contempt of court.

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