Women's Legal Centre fights to have Muslim marriages legally recognised in SA

A class action lawsuit to have Muslim marriages declared legally valid in South Africa will be heard in the Western Cape High Court on Monday afternoon. The court will also hear legal argument that motivates for fairness between spouses.

Sehaam Samaai, director at Women's Legal Centre says the public interest lawsuit started back in 2014. She goes on to say there are about 8 respondents including the Presidency and Department of Home Affairs.

Besides Muslim marriages, religious marriages are not recognised in South Africa.

Sehaam Samaai, Director at Women's Legal Centre

If it's not recognised, women are disportionately impacted in Muslim marriages.

Sehaam Samaai, Director at Women's Legal Centre

To hear more on this case, listen here:


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