A marriage certificate shows that a marriage is legal and valid. There are two types of marriage certificates in South Africa:
Customary marriages are negotiated and celebrated according to African customary law. No other religious rites are included in this law. These types of marriage must be registered within three months of the marriage being entered into or of the celebration taking place. Registering customary marriages is necessary in order for the marriage to be legally recognised.
There are no restrictions on the number of customary marriages that a husband may enter into. However, it is necessary for the husband to obtain an order from a competent court to regulate the future matrimonial property system of his marriages before he is able to enter into further customary marriages.
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