YCLSA welcomes proposal on forced marriages

Johannesburg - A proposal by the SA Law Reform Commission to criminalise forced marriages received support from the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) on Wednesday.

"If the proposal is adopted it will make it possible for the law to prosecute families and community members who assist in marriages where the female has not consented to the marriage," said YCLSA spokesperson Khaya Xaba in a statement.

Families who benefited financially from forcing their daughters to marry older men could face the full might of the law.

The Times earlier reported that the commission had, in a discussion paper, proposed a law to criminalise forced marriage or ukuthwala.

Ukuthwala is a practice where girls are abducted and forced into marriage, often with the consent of their parents.

The newspaper reported that parents and others who "aid and abet" a marriage or consent to ukuthwala could face prosecution if the wife-to-be had not agreed.

Research cited in the commission's paper found girls were often left with no choice but to marry, no matter how unhappy they might be.

It found that families desperate for money were happy to accept the prospective husband's lobola (bride price) and might even "orchestrate" forced marriages.

Girls who were married at an early age were forced to leave school and could be subjected to violent sexual abuse.

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merkwaardig 2014-09-03 04:06:06 PM
Polygamy should be next...
Avela A. 'Maqashalala 2014-09-03 04:06:45 PM
Ukuthwala has no place in South Africa. It is inexcusable
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-09-03 04:13:23 PM
About time. Maybe single partner marriages should be next. That way us as taxpayers wouldn't have to foot the bill for Nkandla's - one house for each wife nonsense. Yes Mr Zuma we have not forgotten that you need to pay some money back for this one!
Mashabela Wilford Sello 2014-09-03 04:19:51 PM
Once again our african cultures undermined by the so called modern commision law of SA regarting the what calls "forced marriage".this law will aply only to black south africans.We blacks,are stupits & easly influensed to change our own trate of mariage to call it forced.sis maan sis.
Lerato Rato 2014-09-03 05:45:37 PM
Zulus this is disgusting imagine 14 years getting married with a 70 years male.