[LISTEN] Underage marriages in SA

Chairperson at Unisa-Africa Girl Development Programme Professor Deirdre Byrne says statistics show that there are 91,000 girls in South Africa under 17 who have either been married, divorced or widowed.

JOHANNESBURG - Chairperson at Unisa-Africa Girl Development Programme Professor Deirdre Byrne says often child marriages in South Arica are framed under the cultural practice of Ukuthwala, but statistics show that a good number of young girls in child marriages are not married through the practice.

Byrne says the assumption is that these young women come from extremely poor families. She says the highest number of underage women who are married are found in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and both cities are extremely unequal.

She says the problem is a multifaceted one as patriarchy also plays a big role.

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