RWAR Seminar on Ukuthwala: July 25



Discussion on Ukuthwala
with Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo & Nomboniso Gasa

Date: Friday, 25 July 2014
Time: 12:30-14:00 (Light refreshments will be served from 12:15)
Venue: Oliver Tambo Moot Court, 5th floor, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town

Ukuthwala is considered by some to be a legitimate cultural practice, while critics see it as culturally-sanctioned abduction of young women to force them into marrying older men, opening the path to sexual and domestic violence.

The South African Law Reform Commission recently concluded a study on ukuthwala led by Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo. This seminar will probe both the meanings of ukuthwala as a custom to which some people staunchly adhere, and the legal implications of the turn its practice has taken in recent years.

Prof. Thandabantu Nhlapo is senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. He was a Professor in the Department of Private Law at UCT and chairperson of the South African Law Reform Commission’s project committee on customary law.

Nomboniso Gasa is a senior research associate at the Centre for Law and Society, UCT. She is a feminist critic who writes on gender, culture and politics.

Click here for directions to Middle Campus.

Please RSVP to Sue Wright: Tel: 021 650 5906.

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Rural Women’s Action Research Programme ( is part of the Centre for Law and Society, University of Cape Town.

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