This week Elena Moore was interviewed on the POWER Zone with Morio Sanyane focusing on customary wives and the law. Elena discussed the ways in which the reform of customary law offers some legal protection for customary wives. However she also highlights the limits of the law and the ways in which customary wives still struggle to access property as widows or divorcees. If you are interested and want to hear more, here is the podcast: Customary law and the problems it causes for widows
Elena Moore, in the Mail & Guardian, describes the ways in which customary wives in South Africa, in challenging marital violence, navigate relations of patriarchal domination either through appeals to the state, familial channels or a combination of both.
The Families and Societies Research Unit, together with the NRF Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights hosted a two-day workshop on the relationship and interaction between gender, generation and negotiating power in families on the 21 and 22 of Jan 2019.This workshop provided a forum for scholars working within the sociology and regulation of personal relationships and gender to consider generation and generational interaction through an intersectional framework. The workshop examined how a focus on generation facilitate new understandings of the processes by which social inequalities are made and perpetuated in our intimate lives. Several leading scholars in the area attended the workshop including Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Deevia Bhana, Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, Michael Yarbrough and several emerging scholars including four FaSRU doctoral students. John Comaroff acted as a discussant for the first day and made insightful contributions throughout the course of the day. Elena would like to thank everyone who participated in the workshop and is looking forward to taking this work further.
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