Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THE families of two KwaZulu-Natal minors have rejected claims that the boy has paid ilobolo for the girl, a Sunday newspaper reported.
"We never paid ilobolo for her. They are too young to be even thinking about marriage," the father of the boy, 17, told Sunday Tribune.
Earlier reports that the boy had paid ilobolo for his girlfriend, 14, sparked outrage.
Premier Zweli Mkhize instructed provincial Police Commissioner Mamunye Ngobeni to prevent the match. At the time Mkhize's spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, confirmed that ilobolo had been paid.
But the teens' families told the Tribune the couple was engaged according to a traditional custom, which entailed the boy notifying the girl's family he was dating her. In turn the girl had to confirm this through a ritual called ukumisa iduku, in which she goes to stay at his home for a few days and puts a white cloth at the end of a long stick to signal the relationship.
The girl's father was angry about people's reaction to things they "know nothing about".
"Would you rather they date in secret and then my daughter ends up pregnant and the boy's family does not acknowledge her?
"That's what we are preventing and they know we don't approve of their having sex before marriage, but if it does happen and she falls pregnant both families will know who is responsible." - Sapa