Zakumi learnt from her uncles that she will not inherit her late parent’s estate, which included a
house. The basis for this decision was that she is a female and under customary law, only men
can inherit from the estate. Since Zakumi was the only child, her uncles recommended Zakumi’s
relative known as Thimbeza to inherit the estate. Zakumi approaches you for legal advice
regarding the constitutionality of the customary law that excludes her only because she is a
female. Discuss the relevant constitutional provisions and the case law. In your answer, indicate
whether or not you are in favour of the customary law position.
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