SA Imaams graduate as marriage officers

For the first time in South Africa, Muslim marriages will be recorded on the National Population Register.

For the first time in South Africa, Muslim marriages will be recorded on the National Population Register.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 100 Muslim clerics (Imaams) from the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will graduate as marriage officers.

This will allow them to officiate over unions that will be recognised by law.

For the first time in South Africa's history, Muslim marriages officiated by these Imams will be recorded on the National Population Register.

The Home Affairs department's Lunga Ngqengelele said, "Marriages under the Muslim customary law haven't been registered which disadvantages people who aren't in these marriages. So for the first time now that they will be recognised they will be afforded equal status."

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the home affairs minister are expected to attend the graduation ceremony in Pinelands.