Keorapetse tables private Marriage Amendment Bill


Member of Parliament (MP) for Selebi-Phikwe West, Dithapelo Keorapetse will table the Marriage Amendment Bill in the next session of Parliament which seeks amongst others, the reduction of the age of consent to marry from the age of 21 to 18 to harmonise it with the Children’s Act.

The private member Bill was gazetted on December 14, 2018 and is likely to be debated by Parliament this year.

The objective of the Bill is to amend certain sections of the Marriage Act to make it consistent with the Convention on the Rights of a Child and the best interest of the child theme of the Children’s Act (Cap.28:04) and to address the rights of persons with mental illness and those of different religious backgrounds. Currently, the Marriage Act prescribes that a person between the ages of 18-20 requires the consent of their guardian to marry.

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