MOHAU Jackson Moropane (applicant) v Elizabeth Southon (respondent) in Supreme Court of Appeals
Dispute: Whether the union between the two parties should be recognised under the Customary Marriages Act.
Arguments: Moropane denied being married, saying money was paid to open lobola negotiations.
Southon claimed R6 000 lobola was paid, followed by a celebration and handover formalities.
Verdict: The couple was declared married and the appeal was dismissed with costs.
LINA Sesi Nhlapho (applicant) v Lilian Mahlangu (first respondent) in North Gauteng High Court
Dispute: To determine who is the rightful wife to deceased Thomas Jack Mahlangu.
Arguments: Nhlapho cited lobola being paid from 1986 to 2000 and four children born in the customary marriage. Mahlangu cited lobola being partly paid; entering into a civil union in 2005, and a customary wedding.
Verdict: Customary marriage with Nhlapho declared valid and civil marriage with Mahlangu declared null and void.