Moot Court focuses on child marriages in Africa

Koos Degenaar -- Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:15

Moot Court focuses on child marriages in Africa

An academic from the Faculty of Law on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) presented a paper at a Moot Court competition with the focus on child marriage in Africa. 

The Moot Court was part of the International Human Rights Conference that were held on 9 October at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia. The theme of the conference was ‘Children, not wives: Ending the scourge of child marriage in Africa’. 

Dr Kesolofetse Lefenya represented the Mafikeng Campus and the topic of her paper was ‘Elimination of Child Marriages in Africa: A South African Perspective’. In her presentation she unpacks key legislative provisions in South African Law that outlaw the practice of child marriages and acts associated with these practices. The paper also looked into decided court cases, especially cases that dispel this inhuman act.

The University of Zambia was co-hosting with the Centre for Human Rights and the University of Pretoria. It is an ideal forum for academics from participating universities, international scholars and practitioners to examine some of the challenges and opportunities to ending child marriage in Africa from a multi-disciplinary and comparative perspective.