Radebe welcomes ukuthwala conviction

2014-02-15 06:30

Johannesburg - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Friday welcomed the first conviction of a man linked to the ukuthwala practice in the Western Cape.

"The Constitution states that a child's best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child," Radebe said in a statement.

"We believe that the sentencing will send a strong message to those who are still practising ukuthwala, against traditional practices and the law."

The practice, which is associated with some African traditions, involves the abduction of women and under-aged girls and leads to forced marriage.

On Thursday, Wynberg Regional Court Magistrate Daleen Greyvensteyn sentenced Mvumeleni Jezile, 32, to 22 years behind bars, The Star newspaper reported.

He kidnapped a 14-year-old girl in 2010 and forcefully married, raped, and assaulted her.

Jezile was found guilty of trafficking, three counts of rape, and two counts of assault.

His victim said she was kidnapped from her home in Ngcobo, Eastern Cape, and forced by her grandmother to marry Jezile.

She escaped from him and returned home but her family forced her to return to him.

She told the court that Jezile had assaulted her when she refused to have sex with him.

In November, KwaZulu-Natal traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube signed a pledge denouncing the practice of ukuthwala.

It was also signed by Commission for Gender Equality chair Mfanozelwe Shozi, provincial House of Traditional Leaders chair Inkosi Chiliza, and KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches chair Bishop Mike Vorster.

They agreed that the practice should take place only if both parties to it consented, and the woman was of marrying age - 18 under South African law.

During the pledge signing it was announced that the National Prosecuting Authority would also charge the parents of under-aged girls who agreed to their children being forcefully married.

Radebe encouraged victims of ukuthwala to lay charges of kidnapping, rape, and trafficking so that the perpetrators could face the law.

He further urged them to apply for a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act against family members involved in the abductions.

  • optic.furnace - 2014-02-15 06:40

    ukuthwala - disgusting, barbaric, 11th century behavior.

  • Faith Bokaba - 2014-02-15 07:15


  • Eckhart Piprek - 2014-02-15 07:34

    Thank you Daleen Greyvensteyn.

  • Alistair Campbell - 2014-02-15 07:50

    On what basis does this flip flopping buff oon welcome the court's ruling. He remains an ignoramus in an incompetent gvt

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-02-15 07:56

    dumb idiots all under the name of tradition how sad ,how can u expect to be taken seriously if you practice such babaric acts wake up and join the rest of the world.bUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE THE SO CALLED PRESIDENT HAS MORE THAN ONE WIFE AND FATHERED CHILDREN OUT OF WEDLOCK, HOW DISGUSSTING

      Mashadi Matjila - 2014-02-15 10:49

      Disgusting, not disgussting

  • Willem de Haan - 2014-02-15 08:33

    Oh no, another stumbling block in the way of the African Renaissance. Some white eurocentric colonial thinking reeking of apartheid suppressing the age old African traditions! What has become of our freedom for which so many heroes died if we cannot live by what our revered forefathers did? No, I am afraid that the honourable Radebe has forfeited the ways of the fathers and clearly prefers whisky to utshwala. Colonial apartheid puppet, that is what he has become! Viva Zuma! More wives! Ngonyama!

      Kabelo Mosiane - 2014-02-15 09:54

      de Haan, the joy that you show towards the erosion of the African culture is astounding!! Your comment reeks of a satisfied colonialist who is slowly but surely achieving his/her goal of eradicating the African way of thinking! It is clear now where JZ got the idea that Africans cannot think! Hopefully, after Fighters took over all this shoving of African traditions to the back seat will come to an end!

      Jabu Mthembu - 2014-02-15 09:55

      uyahlanya ukuthwala is rape and human trafficking finish and klaar

  • Jon Low - 2014-02-15 08:41

    What does Zuma say? And his ECape tribal hit-man, Pathekile Holomisa, the traditional affairs guy?

  • Terrylin Backpackers - 2014-02-15 08:47

    Her family forced her to return to him. Shouldn't her parents also be convicted?

      Jabu Mthembu - 2014-02-15 09:50

      yes terry the magogo the family and everbody involved should be arrested as we speak

      Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-02-15 13:52

      Some social ills cannot be corrected by courts or jails. The magogo grew up under customary delusion and many can learn if they get educated.

  • Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-02-15 13:48

    The law allows a marriage if a woman is 18? But they can have contraceptives at 10 and Abortion at 12? Anyway this buffon should be castrated. All the best to the poor kid, hopefully she find a sponsor and write a book like that Pakistan girl

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