Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's claim over her former Qunu home with Nelson Mandela has highlighted the complexities surrounding customary law alongside western ideals.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to former private law professor, Thandabantu Nhlapo, about the issue.
Listen to the conversation below:
We are in a new dispensation and the joy of these debates is that it is entirely possible for the court to say that for justice to be done is we depart from using old apartheid arguments.— Thandabantu Nhlapo, former private law professor
The cattle are seen as the medium by which to reckon the success of umakoti in marriage...that performance is bearing children for the family in which you are married.— Thandabantu Nhlapo, former private law professor
...The return of lobolo underlies this notion of the cattle being for the womb and not for the woman to lay claim to the children.— Thandabantu Nhlapo, former private law professor