Can you get married at 15 in South Africa?

Can you get married at 15 in South Africa?

Boys under 18 and girls under 15 cannot get married without special permission and anyone under the age of 21 has to get their parents' permission before they can get married. A marriage contracted without the required consent is voidable.

Can you get married at 16 in South Africa?

Further to the requirement for parental consent, no boy under 18 or girl under 16 can marry without the special consent of the Minister of Home Affairs (or an official authorised to act on behalf of the Minister).

What is the legal age of marriage in South Africa?

18South Africa ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1995, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1995, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

Is child marriage legal in South Africa?

South Africa, by prescribing the marriageable age to be 18 years for both girls and boys under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act,115 arguably has outlawed all customary marriages of children under the age of 18 years.