The recognition of the Customary Marriages Act came into effect on 15 November 2000.
This came after an investigation by the South African Law Reform Commission of the legal position of customary marriages, which were up to the enactment not recognised as valid marriages before the law, because of the system’s polygamous nature.
The Act gave recognition to the customary marriage practicised in Black communities.
It also provided for the equal status and capacity of the spouses and enabled a wife in a traditional marriage to register assets in her own name.
Source: South African History Online