oa News and Views for Magistrates - Domestic violence under indigenous law - any remedies?

Volume 2004, Issue 04
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Extracted from text ... NEWS & VIEWS FOR MAGISTRATES 2 There is a perception that indigenous law perpetrates abuse of African women by their husbands. This article examines whether there are any remedies for abused women in Xhosa law. In former times the power of the man over his wife was absolute but there were checks to this.1 His friends could interfere to prevent his indulging in any great degree of brutality towards her. If he abused her or inflicted any permanent injury, the chief would demand isizi or blood atonement.2 A wife is not the property of her husband... her husband can ..

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