From Pulitzer Center student fellow Melissa Turley: “If a woman brings a case to court she cannot set foot in the courthouse. A man must represent her.
“If a woman wants to acquire land, she cannot apply for it on her own. A man must assist her.
“She has no say over who her traditional leaders are. She can be subjected to forced labor or harsh punishment at the whim of her chief.
“These stipulations are bits and pieces of the controversial customary law still practiced in rural South Africa. Many South Africans who live in these desolate former “homelands,” as the territory was referred to under apartheid, live as if they are citizens of two countries. The South African constitution provides equality between the sexes while customary law divides them, subverting women to male control.” Read the whole story here.