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Title:Should ilobolo be abolished? A reply to Hlophe
Author:Dlamini, C.R.M.
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic terms:KwaZulu
South Africa
Abstract:In his comment on the KwaZulu Act on the Code of Zulu law, 6 of 1981 (In: Comp. Int. Law J. South. Africa, Vol. 17, no. 2 (1984); p. 163-171), J.M. HLOPHE argues in favour of the abolition of ilobolo (bridewealth) in Zulu law because it clashes with the realities of modern society, contending that it no longer serves the function of a guarantee of good treatment of the spouses and consequent stability of the marriage, but rather occasions other social problems like delaying marriage and thus promoting seduction, concubinage, and the procreation of illegitimate children. The present author examines Hlophe's case for abolition and finds it wanting. Ilobolo remains popular in the black community, a sign that it is deeply rooted in the social attitudes of the blacks. Moreover, since the delivery of ilobolo depends on agreement and is not compulsory, those who want to abandon it are free to do so without calling in the aid of legislative intervention. Notes, ref.