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lobola

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(in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
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Law reform efforts might also target the issue of lobolo, providing that in cases of spousal abuse, it need not be returned.
80) The transaction is in part an economic one, with significant bridewealth or lobolo paid by the groom's family to the bride's family.
In another example, the Protocol does not explicitly prohibit the practices of lobolo (bride price) or leviratic marriages (the practice of inheriting a wife).
191) Another member concluded that practices such as polygamy and lobolo (bride price) "are so deeply rooted in the African consciousness that it would be impossible to enforce any prohibition.
61) Lobolo is the payment of money from a man to the father of the bride.
1991) (arguing that South Africa should update the practice of lobolo in order to conform to its original purpose of providing a safety net for women and their children in times of need).
Divorce, however, can formally terminate a marriage, through settlement of the lobolo.
38) Nevertheless, beginning in 1927, the custom of lobolo was protected by the Black Administration Act, (39) which prevented the courts from finding this custom to be against the principles of natural law.
See BENNETT, supra note 322, at 143-44 (explaining that traditional rulers also retained jurisdiction over claims for return of lobolo and actions for damages for adultery if customary law is applicable).
Donaldson (1997) has also observed that in the case of South Africa, lobolo (bridewealth) may reduce her options of leaving an unsatisfactory marital relationship, because, the transfer of cattle or cash payment legitimizes her husband's right to their children.
In its earliest form, lobolo was actually a "child-price;" the exchange of cattle gave a husband a claim to his wife's children.