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Tracey Lange chats to Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust about the newly approved amended Customary Marriages Act.

Women in customary marriages are now entitled to a share of the joint estate either on the death of their spouse or when they divorce.

Mabule explains that this is a huge step for equality for women in South Africa.

It's a big deal for black women in South Africa that finally... they can be treated equally as their counterparts.

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

Particularly those who are married in terms of customary marriages... they were to a certain extent excluded.

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

Those in civil marriages were protected... based on the type of civil marriage that they had entered into.

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

This process started over four years ago in the constitutional court.

The recognition of Customary Marriages Act itself came into effect in the year 2000.... there were challenges with it, there were two monumental cases...

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

The one case was in a monogamous marriage where the husband wanted to the divorce the wife. And the wife was left with nothing because she didn't have right of ownership... and that was a problem.

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

The polygamous marriage... similar circumstances where the husband, in this case, passed away and the other spouses could not benefit because they were not recognised, they were not protected by the act itself.

Moremadi Mabule, Head of Wills at Sanlam Trust

Listen to the full discussion in the audio clip below.

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