In case of a break up, should the lobola money be returned?


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The process involves the groom’s family thanking the prospective bride’s family in a form of money or live stock. Whilst in some cultures lobola is never paid in full, other cultures require it to be paid in full.

For a couple to eventually get to the stage of lobola, there must be love involved, right? But what happens should the prospective bride realises that she’s not in love with the prospective husband in a short space time after the lobola?

In some cultures, the two families coming together both sign a drafted document stating all the important information regarding what was exchanged, the amount, and dates, but can this letter hold any weight in court?

Cultural experts have been arguing this issue and they still can’t reach an agreement. While others are for the refund considering the current economic status, others are against it as they believe it forfeits the whole cultural process making it a business transaction.

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