Ayanda Ncwane slams 'oppressive' customary laws for widowed women

20 August 2019 - 06:00 By Masego Seemela
Ayanda Ncwane says widows should be allowed to mourn however they want to.
Ayanda Ncwane says widows should be allowed to mourn however they want to.
Image: Instagram/Ayanda Ncwane

Nearly three years since her husband Sfiso Ncwane died, Ayanda Ncwane has opened up about the struggles that widows often face.

After Sfiso's death, Ayanda grew her career as a businesswoman and head of Ncwane Communications. This was tough for many to witness because, as she has previously said, they expected her to "die with her husband". 

In a recent Instagram post, Ayanda said that even after 25 years of “freedom” in South Africa, widowed women were still oppressed and unfairly treated by customary laws and some "unbearable culture".

"Till this day, many widowed women are still forced to wear inzilo (black mourning attire) for 12 good months, but widowed men can completely carry on with their lives after the burial of [his] wife," she wrote.

She said inzilo is "not a South African culture or tradition" and suggested that wearing it should be the choice of a widow, not an obligation.


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