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State has 24 months to introduce legislation that recognises Muslim marriages

31 August 2018 2:13 PM
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Muslim marriages
Sharia law
women's legal centre
Women's Legal Centre, which has been advocating for recognition of Muslim marriages for the past 15 years, welcomes the judgement.

The Western Cape High Court has given the South African government 24 months to introduce legislation that recognises Muslim marriages as valid.

This means new legislation to regulate the consequences of these unions will have to be drafted within the specified period.

Director at Women's Legal Centre, Seeham Samaai says the centre has been advocating for the recognition of the Muslim marriages for the past 15 years.

She says they welcome the judgement as it brings a sense of relief and excitement.

The interim relief at this time is that the court indicated that the state has to, in 24 months have an act or legislation. So during that period, in the interim, they declare that the union concluded in terms of the Sharia which has success at the time of this order, becomes operative.

Seeham Samaai, Director at Women's Legal Centre

It also indicated that if women or a spouse wants to dissolve it, they can do so in terms of the Divorce Act and that all the provisions of that Act will be applicable.

Seeham Samaai, Director at Women's Legal Centre

To hear the rest of the conversation with Seeham Samaai, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : State has 24 months to introduce legislation that recognises Muslim marriages


31 August 2018 2:13 PM
Tags:
Muslim marriages
Sharia law
women's legal centre

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