I, as a Muslim South African citizen, have perused the Draft Marriage Bill, 2022.
I strongly object to it on the following grounds:
- It will violate my religion’s right solemnize marriages below 18 years old.
- It will violate the principles of my religion by forcing a wife’s presence during a marriage solemnization.
In effect, it will force women to be in the presence of men which they are not islamically permitted to be in the company of.
- It will have the oppressive consequence of imprisoning our Imaams (leaders) who solemnize marriages but are not marriage officials.
I humbly appeal to refrain from enacting the draft bill & have it amended to be harmonious with the Islamic Faith.
E-mail: Moses.Malakate@dha.gov.za / Agnes.Molefe@dha.gov.za