Man loses kids over unpaid lobola – report

2011-03-28 10:37

A 31-year old man is claiming in court papers lodged with the Pretoria High Court that social services removed his children after his wife died because he had not finished paying lobola, the Pretoria News reported today.

According to the report, which cited court papers, his children were removed from his care barely days after his wife had died last December.

The two girls, aged 19 months and 30 months, were initially placed in the care of one of his wife’s relatives and later removed to a place of safety.

When the man, who cannot be named to protect the minors, questioned why his children were removed, he was told by a social worker that he had to pay the R20 000 lobola before he could get his children.

Lobola is a traditional custom whereby the man pays the family of his fiancée for her hand in marriage.

The father said in the papers that he would pay the lobola, but that his children should not be kept as ransom.

The Pretoria News reported that the matter was expected to be heard before the High Court tomorrow.

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