Trivia: Who cannot legally be married?

by | May 6, 2019

Just about all barriers to being married have been removed. In South Africa mixed race marriages were prohibited until the 1990s, same-sex marriages were prohibited until 2006. Today almost any 2 adults may get married. There are, however, several degrees of relation that may not be married, under South African law. These are: 

  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Father or mother-in-law
  • Grandchild
  • Stepchild
  • Daughter or son-in-law
  • Grandmother or grandmother-in-law
  • Spouse’s grand parent
  • Step grandchild
  • Grandchild’s spouse
  • Uncle or aunt 
  • Niece or nephew
  • Grand niece or nephew

A careful reading of this list will reveal that it is legal for cousins to be married which is a question we get from time to time. 



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