Would you give up your assets and everything you have to be a housewife?
What do you do if your partner insists that you cannot work?
Azania Mosaka speaks to Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng who is a lawyer on what to look at when you take that decision and what happens in a case of customary law.
There needs to be lobola and after that, there needs to be an integration of the woman, commonly called the handing over.— Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng, Lawyer
So if your partner pays lobola after that depending on the culture or custom you come from, the marriage must be entered into and celebrated in terms of your customs.— Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng, Lawyer
Living together or 'vat en sit' is currently not legally recognised. If you live together and your partner pays lobola for you then you continue living together, it will still be a cohabitation relationship.— Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng, Lawyer
For it to be considered under customary marriage there are strict rules that need to be complied with. and the rules are not per family but per custom/culture.— Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng, Lawyer
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