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Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

(5) The State shall make reasonable provision for the welfare and maintenance of the aged and shall protect the family and recognise the significant role of the family in society.
… (Sec. 60)

Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

For the avoidance of doubt, the (common law) status of illegitimacy of persons born out of wedlock is abolished. (Sec. 31)

Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

(1) The fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual enshrined in this Chapter are hereby declared and guaranteed, namely –

(f) respect for rights of the family, women, children, workers and persons with disabilities.
… (Sec. 14)

Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

(1) A surviving spouse is entitled to a reasonable provision out of the estate of the other spouse whether the other spouse died having made a valid will or not and whether the spouses were married by civil or customary rites.
(2) Parliament shall, as soon as practicable after the commencement of this Constitution, enact legislation regulating the property rights of spouses including common-law husband and wife. (Sec. 34)

Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

(3) The child has the right to be properly cared for and brought up by parents or other lawful authority in place of parents.
(4) Children whether born in or out of wedlock shall enjoy the same protection and rights.

(7) Parliament shall enact laws necessary to ensure that ¬
(a) a child has the right to the same measure of special care, assistance and maintenance as is necessary for its development from its natural parents, except where those parents have effectively surrendered their rights and responsibilities in respect of the child in accordance with law;
(b) a child is entitled to reasonable provision out of the estate of its parents;
(c) parents undertake their natural right and obligation of care, maintenance and proper upbringing of their children;
… (Sec. 29)

Marriage and Family Life

Swaziland, English

(1) Men and women of marriageable age have a right to marry and found a family.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society and is entitled to protection by the State.
(4) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance by society and the State.
(5) Society and the State have the duty to preserve and sustain the harmonious development, cohesion and respect for the family and family values.
(6) Subject to the availability of resources, the Government shall provide facilities and opportunities necessary to enhance the welfare of the needy and the elderly. (Sec. 27)

Public Institutions and Services

Swaziland, English

(5) The State shall make reasonable provision for the welfare and maintenance of the aged and shall protect the family and recognise the significant role of the family in society.

(8) Without compromising quality the State shall promote free and compulsory basic education for all and shall take all practical measures to ensure the provision of basic health care services to the population.
… (Sec. 60)

Public Institutions and Services

Swaziland, English

(2) Subject to the availability of resources, the Government shall provide facilities and opportunities necessary to enhance the welfare of women to enable them to realise their full potential and advancement.
… (Sec. 28)

Public Institutions and Services

Swaziland, English

(1) The law to be applied with respect to any pensions benefits that were granted to any person at the date of the commencement of this Constitution shall be the law that is in force at the date on which those benefits were granted or any law in force at a later date that is not less favourable to that person.

(7) In this section ―pensions benefits‖ means any pensions, compensation, gratuities or other like allowances for persons in respect of their service as public officers or for the widows, children, dependants or personal representatives of those persons in respect of that service.
… (Sec. 195)

Public Institutions and Services

Swaziland, English

(1) Where under any law any person or authority has a discretion –
(a) to decide whether or not any pensions benefits shall be granted; or
(b) to withhold, reduce in amount or suspend any such benefits that have been granted,
those benefits shall be granted and may not be withheld, reduced in amount or suspended unless the appropriate Commission concurs in the refusal to grant the benefits or, as the case may be, in the decision to withhold, reduce in amount or suspend those benefits.

(5) In this section “pensions benefits” means any pensions, compensation, gratuities or other like allowances for persons in respect of their services as public officers or for the widows, children, dependants or personal representatives of such persons in respect of such services.
… (Sec. 196)