Muslim Personal Law - to be or not to be?

13 Jun 2013

Introduction: The first Muslims had arrived at the Cape from the Dutch colonies in the East Indies (now Indonesia) and the coastal regions of Southern India from anywhere around 1652-1658. Despite having been granted the freedom to practise their religion since 1804, Muslims could not give legal effect to their personal laws for three hundred years as social restrictions and political inequalities prevailed until recently. It is anticipated that the rapid changes taking place in South Africa since the democratic elections of 1994 will rectify this situation expeditiously.