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Zim family refuses to bury daughter, demands $5 500 for lobola

06 May 2016, 20:42

Gwanda - A Zimbabwean family has refused to bury their dead daughter, demanding that their son-in-law pay at least $5 500 for lobola, the state-owned Chronicle newspaper reported on Friday.

Lobola is a form of gratuity paid over to a woman's family by the in-laws before a marriage. According to traditional customs, a portion of it is paid right before the marriage, with the rest being paid over the years.  

Rhodes Tshabalala told his in-laws that he did not recognise them, although his daughter Siphilisiwe had been married for more than a decade.

Siphilisiwe, together with her husband Leonard Sayi, had lived together since 2002, and had two children together.

Siphilisiwe's body had been stuck at a local mortuary for a week. She was, however, buried at her family homestead on Tuesday after Sayi's family managed to pay a down payment of $600.

Last year, New Zimbabwe revealed that more people in the country were being taken to traditional courts for failing to pay lobola.

This was hugely blamed on the country’s tough economic condition, with most families preferring it to be paid in full before the wedding.

A local chief was quoted as saying that charges against in-laws refusing to pay lobola were rapidly on the rise.

- News 24


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