DIVORCE IN SOUTH AFRICA: AN OVERVIEW

  • L Ackermann Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Abstract

This article provides an overview of South African divorce figures given for the past five years. The various ways in which divorce figures can be expressed are considered, with specific reference to South Africa. When studying the crude divorce rate, two things become apparent. Firstly, the South African crude divorce rate is relatively low when compared to various other countries (contrary to the popular belief that South Africa has one of the highest divorce rates in the world) and, secondly, the South African divorce rate is rising and will probably continue to rise. In conclusion, it is argued that various macro social forces are likely to increase the number of divorces in the near future.

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Published
2014-07-11
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