1 legal pluralism in namibia namibia operates under a system of legal pluralism that consists of both common law and customary law functioning simultaneously ruppel and ambunda 26 may 2011 4 lac 2005 14. While polygamous marriages are not legally recognized under the civil marriage laws of namibia a bill was successfully passed in 2003 based on the model in south africa which recognizes polygamous unions under customary law affording a generous amount of benefits to polygamous unions ranging from inheritance rights to child custody it has . Recognition of customary marriages a summary of the law reform and development commission proposal legal assistance centre law society of namibia and the council of churches in namibia the bill deals only with customary marriages civil marriages are dealt with in other laws. Civil and customary marriage the choices will you yes marry me i am so happy that we are going to get married most civil marriages in namibia are in community of property people married under customary law would receive marriage certificates from customary law marriage officers who would probably be traditional leaders . Marriage and customary law in namibia heike becker manfred o hinz caprivian cass chief and khuta civil law marriages civil marriage clan community of property consent constitution contract court customary law marriages customary marriage customary union divorce double descent father gciriku gender gibson larson mcgurk 1981 guardianship
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