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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

forced marriage

  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. More than one in three (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15. Boys are also married as children, but girls are disproportionately affected.

  • The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development followed an outcry by requesting the SALRC to include in its programme an investigation into the practice of ukuthwala.

  • Ukuthwala is a form of abduction that involves kidnapping a girl or a young woman by a man and his friends or peers with the intention of compelling the girl or young woman’s family to endorse marriage negotiations. In ancient Africa, particularly among the Nguni, Ukuthwala was a condoned albeit

  • A full report  presented to the 12th Annual Conference of the South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC). So what about Ukuthwala? In its most basic description it is the practice of kidnapping girls for marriage. Forced marriage is illegal.