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SOLEMNISATION OF CUSTOMARY MARRIAGES

SOLEMNISATION OF CUSTOMARY MARRIAGES

1.  SERVICE DESCRIPTION

The service is given when a couple wishes to wed in a customary manner. This service differs from one tribal territory to another as their customs and traditions differ according to their origins. In some areas the groom has to present lobola at the kgotla and at the time of recognition of the parties as husband and wife while in some areas there is no such hard and fast rule. In some areas you have to go through the Tswana process before you conduct the common law marriage.   

2.  HOW DO I OBTAIN SERVICE

In the event the couple does not originate from the same tribal territory, the potential groom/suitor has to present a written letter from his tribal Kgosi, justifying that he is truly not married (declaring his current marital status). The couples go to Kgosi with their parents at the time of solemnization.

3.  HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE SERVICE

  • A letter that certify that one is not married
  • Valid Omang
  • Parents of the couple
  • Their current full particulars
  • The couple should present themselves in person at the time of registration and at the time of solemnization 

4. COST INVOLVED IN OBTAINING THE SERVICE

There are no costs involved 

5. WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION

Further information on these services can be obtained from all the Customary Courts in Botswana 

 

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