SEPARATE COURT FOR SA MUSLIM MARRIAGE MATTERS MOOTED

Cape Times Staff writer 4 August 2011 page 4

A separate court to adjudicate Muslim marriage matters would not be out of place in South Africa, and its establishment needed urgent consideration.

Thatt’s according to Ganief Hendricks, leader of AL JAMA-AH political  party in his sumission to the justice and constitutional development portfolio committee.

Hendricks said a dedicated Muslim court was long overdue  and should be accommodated in the Superior Courts Bill before the committee.  

he argued that M.P.’s should not dabble in ecclesiastical matters and, “if there are differences  between religious beliefs and the constitution the former  should trump the latter 

Committee chairman Luwellyn Landers said it would engage AL JAMA-AH and other interest groups when the Muslim Marriages Bill came before the committee.