Marriage Act, Extension Act, 1997

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Marriage Act, Extension Act, 1997  (1997) 
enacted by the Parliament of South Africa
The Marriage Act, Extension Act, 1997 (Act No. 50 of 1997), extended the operation of the South African Marriage Act, 1961, to the whole of South Africa. The purpose of this was to make the Marriage Act apply in the territory of the former "independent" bantustans (Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei), whose own marriage laws had remained in force when they were integrated back into South Africa.

The act was published on 12 November 1997 in Government Gazette No. 18419, but it was deemed to be retroactive to 27 April 1994, the date on which the bantustans were reintegrated as a consequence of the commencement of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993.

Act

To extend the operation of the Marriage Act, 1961, to the whole of South Africa; and to make provision for matters connected therewith.



(Afrikaans text signed by the President.)
(Assented to 6 November 1997.)


Be it enacted by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:―


Extension of operation of Marriage Act to whole of South Africa

1. (1) The operation of the provisions of the Marriage Act, 1961 (Act No. 25 of 1961), is hereby extended to the whole of South Africa.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall be deemed to have come into operation on 27 April 1994.


Short title

2. This Act shall be called the Marriage Act, Extension Act 1997.

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