RURAL WOMEN’S ACTION RESEARCH PROGRAMME (RWAR)
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.
Please RSVP to Sue Wright: email@example.com. Tel: 021 650 5906.
Rural Women’s Action Research Programme (www.cls.uct.ac.za) is part of the Centre for Law and Society, University of Cape Town.