Bachelors in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal based iNkosi Thathezakhe Ngobese will soon start paying an annual tax.
All those over eighteen in the area are served with letters and have to pay the 50 Rands (about $3) annually till they get marriage.
According to the local iNkosi, Thathezakhe Ngobese, the tax is used to fund the running of his nation.
Ngobese says the money is used to take “care of the needs of the traditional court and council. There are people working here, including cleaners”.
Historically, a bachelor’s tax is a punitive tax imposed on unmarried men. Such measures historically would be instantiated as part of a “moral panic” due to the important status given to marriage at various times and places, according to Wikipedia.
The practice can be traced back to ancient Rome, where the “Lex Papia Poppaea” was introduced in 9 AD by emperor Augustus to encourage marriage.
In 1821, the state of Missouri in the US applied a $1 tax on all unmarried men.
And, according to Wikipedia, in South Africa, in 1919, the government imposed a bachelor’s tax for racial reasons to match the white population growth with that of the black population
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