The Standing Committee on Community Safety, Cultural Affairs and Sport considered its final mandate on the Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill and resolved not to support the Bill. Only the ANC was in favour of it, while the FF+ abstained from voting.
Final mandate: Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill
The Chairperson informed the Committee the purpose of the meeting was to consider and deliberate on the final mandate on the Customary Marriages Amendment Bill.
The Committee should decide whether or not it supports the Bill, and he reminded Members there was no space provided for further amendments.
Mr G Bosman (DA) informed the Committee he would maintain his position stated in Beaufort West of not supporting the Bill. The Bill was setting a dangerous precedence by putting the fate and decisions of women in the heads of their headmen and husbands. The Bill was not giving the women the protection they deserve. Therefore, he did not support the Bill.
Ms L Botha (DA) seconded the proposition.
Ms A Bans (ANC) expressed a minority view to support the Bill because it was providing an ideal opportunity for women.
Mr P Marais (FF+) abstained from voting.
The Chairperson stated the Committee has considered the Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill and has resolved not to support it.
The ANC registered a minority view to support the Bill, while the FF+ abstained from voting.
The Committee did not support the Bill and no amendments were made.
The meeting was adjourned.
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