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Gogo takes fight against apartheid-era legislation to ConCourt

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Advocate Geoff Budlender, for Sithole, said denying black couples the choice to marry in community of property under apartheid had exacerbated the vulnerability of black women.


19 Sep 2020
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Gogo takes fight against apartheid-era legislation to ConCourt

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An apartheid-era piece of legislation under which hundreds of thousands of elderly black women around the country are today still being discriminated against, will move a step closer to being scratched from the statute books this month. In February, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court handed down a ground-breaking judgment throwing out parts of the Matrimonial Property Act, which perpetuated now-repealed laws under which black couples were automatically married out of community of property up until 1988. The judgment came on the back of a bitter feud between 72-year-old grandmother Agnes Sithole and her husband, who threatened to sell their family home...

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