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The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (“RCMA”) became law on 15 November 2000. If you were in an existing customary marriage before this date, your marriage is still recognised under the new law, as the RCMA has retrospective effect. As a result, the RCMA regulates all customary

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Lobola is contributing to a drop in the number of marriages per year in South Africa, causing the number of co-habiting couples to rise. Civil marriage numbers are down 11% from their levels 10 years ago. According to statistics, there were 158,640 civil marriages in 2013

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