Muslim marriages

MJC raises concerns over proposed single Marriage Act

South Africans can expect new marriage legislation to come into effect by the year 2021 as the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has been consulting with various stakeholders – including religious groups and leaders – across the country with the intent to enact a new, single consolidated Marriages[…]

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Recognition of Religious Marriages in South Africa

OPINION by Waheeda Amien To date, religious marriages including Muslim marriages, Hindu marriages and Jewish marriages in South Africa have not been afforded legal recognition. On 30 May 2018, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) in Cape Town hosted President Cyril Ramaphosa at a community iftar (Muslim breaking of the fast).[…]

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3 judges to preside over Muslim marriages case

A class action case calling for the recognition of Muslim marriages has been postponed to the 28th August. The matter was meant to be heard at the Western Cape high court on Monday morning. The Women’s Legal Centre launched the application to compel the South African Government to give recognition[…]

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More imams graduate as marriage officers

While Muslims in the Western Cape appear to be reluctant to employ the services of marriage officers, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng residents have shown an assertive interest. The initiative, which was recently launched in Pretoria with the induction of more than 30 imams as marriage officials, allows marriage officers to solemnize[…]

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Muslim marriage matter gets underway

Preliminary hearings against the State have begun within the Western Cape High Court, as the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and fellow interested parties seek to hold government to account over its failure to pass legislation that would recognise Muslim marriages within a court of law. The move seeks to compel[…]

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