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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