'We took her during the day': True stories of bridal abduction, or Ukuthwalwa

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"Girls young enough to be at school were made wives to keep the family name going. Photo: Getty Images
"Girls young enough to be at school were made wives to keep the family name going. Photo: Getty Images

The practice of ukuthwala is an age-old customary marriage practice where a man, by force, takes a girl to his home with the intention of following through with a customary marriage. 

This practice is generally deemed criminal now, due to some of the perpetrators of this practice being abusive and abusing the intention of this custom, explains a South African study by Mkhuseli Jokani.

In his 2018 doctoral thesis, Jokani clears any confusion by bringing to our attention three variants of ukuthwala, namely:

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