n Without Prejudice - The next step for Muslim marriages : human rights law
|Article Title||The next step for Muslim marriages : human rights law|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Author||Rumana Mahomed and Fatima Seedat|
|Publication Date||Jun 2014|
|Pages||68 - 69|
On Wednesday April 30 Imams selected from the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape provinces graduated as marriage officers in a pilot project announced by the Department of Home Affairs. This is a significant development in the legal recognition of Muslim marriage, a process until now dominated by the Muslim Marriages Bill. Popular understanding is that Muslim marriages are henceforth recognised in South Africa. However, as the Ministry has announced: "Muslim marriages conducted by these Imams will be recorded on the National Population Register, [and] thereby receive legal status and recognition afforded by the Constitution." (emphasis added).
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