2 consenting adults, who satisfy other requirements of the law, according to Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi will no longer need a bride price to be paid/ the payment of the bride price to solemnise their marriage, The Herald reports.
According to Ziyambi Ziyambi, the government has noted that some guardians are commodifying the tradition of paying lobola and some are even going further to hold their consent till a full bide price has been paid. Speaking about the new law, Ziyambi Ziyambi said this to The Herald:
The transfer of marriage consideration (lobola) in our indigenous culture traditionally solidified bonds between families, but a disturbing trend has developed over time to commoditise or monetise the marriage relationship for material gain.
Some guardians of brides hold out for the highest possible gain for themselves, while others refuse consent to the formalisation of marriage until the last cent of the marriage consideration is paid.
This is why so many of our customary and non-customary marriages are unregistered. To solve this issue, the Bill will no longer require a customary marriage officer to satisfy himself or herself that there has been an agreement on the transfer of marriage consideration. Ziyambi Ziyambi, however, emphasised the new bill did not seek to abolish lobola and said:
If the parties do agree on the transfer of such consideration the Registrar (of Marriage) is under obligation to record it when registering the marriage to minimise disputes about the terms of such agreements