Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Court dismisses application on women’s plea

By Ofentse Mokae
22 July 2009


The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by the Women’s Legal Centre, seeking an order to oblige the President and Parliament to enact legislation regulating Muslim marriages.

The Women’s Legal Centre approached the court to rule whether Parliament has failed to fulfil its constitutional obligations.

The court ruled that applications challenging the legislative programme and duties of government should not be brought directly to the court.

In a statement the court said these applications should first be lodge in the High Court and should go through the ordinary judicial processes before reaching the Constitutional Court.

The court ruled last week that Muslim women involved in Polygamous marriages can now inherit a share of their deceased husband’s estates.

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