Experts weigh in on child marriages

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Child marriages in rural areas which happens as a result of teenage pregnancy continues to be a challenge in KZN.

This emerged during public hearings on the Children’s Amendment Bill held in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, this week.

During the public hearings it emerged that young girls below the age of 18 were being forced to marry older men under a practice called ukuthwala (abduction). The practice emanates from a traditional practice where a man and his friends set out to force a girl and her family to accept his marital proposal.

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