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Child marriages in SA are both a crime and abuse - NGO

Maria Mokoena is 86 years old, but she still has vivid memories of being forced to marry a man she was not in love with. “At the time we were not dating. He came with his family to ask for ‘mohope wa metsi’ (my hand in marriage). Both sets of parents made agreements without consulting me. I was told he would marry me and I couldn’t refuse because my parents would reprimand me. “I lived with him, but I didn’t love him. When I protested to my mother that he was ugly, she would say that as long as he took car

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