Elena Moore and Prof. Himonga, in the Mail & Guardian, outline the ways in which the practices of succession in customary law can be challenging for widows. Despite the introduction of new laws, widows can face discriminatory practices and can be denied inheritance following the death of a customary husband. These issues have been in the news recently following the death of Jubalani Tsambo (HHP) and the subsequent court application by his customary wife, Lerato Sengadi. For more see: ‘https://mg.co.za/article/2018-11-23-00-customary-law-can-pose-problems-for-widows
The Centre of Excellence in Human Development’s conference on ‘Children, Families and the State: Contestation and Collaboration’ also facilitated the launch of the children’s Gauge. Elena Moore, together with Prof. Himonga have a chapter on ‘Living Customary Law and Families’. It is the first time in the 13 years of publishing the Children’s Gauge that the Gauge has included a specific focus on living customary law. For more see http://www.ci.uct.ac.za/ci/child-gauge/2018
This week the FaSRU team attended the Centre of Excellence in Human Development’s conference on ‘Children, Families and the State: Contestation and Collaboration’ at Wits University. Elena spoke in a panel on “Methodologies for finding out more”. The conference was well attended by most scholars working on children and families in South Africa together with a range of policymakers, postgraduate students and representatives from government.
Lwando Scott and Isaac Chinyoka, both undertaking doctoral research at FaSRU, caught up at Yale recently. Lwando was presenting a lunchtime seminar on 'Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa' while Isaac received the Fox Fellowship and is spending the 2016-2017 academic year at Yale.
Congratulations go to Kristy Button, a postgraduate researcher at FaSRU. Her thesis "Household economies of low-income, African female-headed households in Khayelitsha: intergenerational support, conflict, and tension", completed in June at the Sociology Department, was awarded a Distinction from both external examiners. Kirsty will be continuing her research in this area by undertaking a doctorate in the coming months.
In the third part of the series of the reform of customary marriage, divorce and intestate succession, we show how customary practices of male primogeniture continue to operate. The reformed laws on intestate succession have not ensured greater protection for women and extra marital children in matters of intestate succession.
In the second part of the series on the reform of customary marriage, divorce and intestate succession, Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga discuss the challenges experienced in ensuring gender equality upon the dissolution of a customary marriage:
In a three part series featured in GroundUp, Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga (NRF Chair in Customary Law) unpack the thorny issues which arose from a national study on the implementation of the new laws on customary marriage, divorce and succession.